Abstracts: June 16th, 1999

Beck A, Broadhurst K
Public Administration, (UK), Winter 1998 Vol 76 No 4
Start page: 779. No of pages: 14

Examines the debate over the introduction of national identity cards in the UK and assesses proposals to introduce a voluntary card scheme. Asks whether a voluntary scheme will be any different in practice to a compulsory scheme, comparing the experience of European Union countries that have introduced a compulsory scheme with those that have introduced a voluntary scheme. Finds that the degree of compulsion is less important than the nature of accompanying legislation which spells out the circumstances in which an individual might have to prove his/her identity. Sees evidence in the countries with voluntary card schemes that the number of situations in which identity has to be proved increases over time, labelling this ‘compulsion by stealth’. Also highlights evidence that those people who do not have an identity card, in countries where the scheme is not compulsory, will be treated with suspicion, increasing the pressure on individuals to carry an identity card.

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts. Style: Theoretical with application in practice. ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 28AE653.

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