Redefining welfare in Scotland - with or without women?

Angela O'Hagan*

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The combination of the impact of welfare reform by the UK government and the opportunity for change presented by the debate on Scottish independence produced a profusion of alternative proposals for social security from scholars, formal political parties, the Scottish Government, and a range of think tanks and civil society organisations. The extent to which these proposals demonstrated considered gender analysis or specific objectives to address economic and social constraints principally experienced by women and arising from the constraints of gender relations varied considerably. This article considers the extent to which concerns for alternative approaches to social security policy reflect a political commitment to women’s economic and social well-being in a future Scotland through an analysis of proposals from key policy documents prior to the referendum and the proposals emerging in the post-referendum period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-671
Number of pages23
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number4
Early online date12 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • gender
  • analysis
  • welfare reform
  • social security
  • Scotland
  • women
  • independence
  • referendum


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