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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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The conditional welfare state

The conditional welfare state

(p.199) twelve The conditional welfare state
Modernising the welfare state

Peter Dwyer

Policy Press

This chapter utilises the work of Hall (1993) and 6 and Peck (2004) to explore welfare conditionality under New Labour. Hall's (1993) discussion of policy learning and paradigm shift is useful for analysing the wider importance of the conditional welfare state that has been mapped out by the Blair administrations. His discussion of three key policy variables (that is, goals, instruments, and settings) provides a useful way for considering the wider significance and long-term impact of New Labour's welfare reforms. Likewise, consideration of 6 and Peck's (2004) work highlights that several elements of New Labour's ‘modernisation’ agenda are also relevant here.

Keywords:   welfare conditionality, welfare policy, New Labour, welfare reform, modernisation

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