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Modernising the welfare stateThe Blair legacy$
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Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420404

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420404.001.0001

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Introduction: modernising the welfare state

Introduction: modernising the welfare state

(p.1) one Introduction: modernising the welfare state
Modernising the welfare state

Martin Powell

Policy Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the main changes to the welfare state since New Labour came to power in 1997, updating existing accounts, as they tend to focus on the first term of government up to 2001. The main focus of the book, however, is to examine the degree of change that has occurred in the welfare state – the book's analytical template is New Labour's modernization of the welfare state. The elements of modernization are examined to see whether there was a coherent modernization package in different sectors, or whether modernization actually means different things in different sectors. The chapter then discusses Labour election manifestos and the meaning of modernization.

Keywords:   welfare state, New Labour, modernization, welfare policy, manifesto

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