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Title: Information for citizenship
Author: Leonard, P.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2001
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This research is based on the premise that information is a prerequisite for exercising the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. However, evidence shows that information provision about social rights is patchy. The 'information poor' are therefore disadvantaged in access to welfare. The possession of social rights further implies an obligation on others to provide the information which is needed to exercise those rights. The study examines government information policies to inform the public about social security benefits, and explores the intentions behind the provision - or withholding - of such information. The research tests the hypothesis that government information policy can be explained by reasons other than, or in addition to, enabling citizens to exercise their social rights. Historical and contemporary evidence from interviews with policy makers and from secondary sources are analysed to detect shifts in information policy over the last fifty years. In doing so the research looks for corresponding changes in definitions of, and attitudes towards, citizenship. The study concludes that government information policies directly influence which claimants exercise their rights to the benefits to which they are entitled. Information policy is a complex and dynamic process, based on a variety influences. Of these, 'citizenship' explanations have some merit, but 'political' influences play a major part in information policy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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