Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Modernising the welfare stateThe Blair legacy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details

The stages of New Labour

The stages of New Labour

(p.219) thirteen The stages of New Labour
Modernising the welfare state

Ian Greener

Policy Press

This chapter examines the extent of change that has taken place since 1997. The key policy question is whether Labour's approach to public reform represents an approach with a new hierarchy of goals in place, a new policy ‘paradigm’, or, instead, a variant of the Conservative approach that preceded it. Can Labour policy be divided into a series of stages or moments that show changes in Labour's approach? Labour's approach to public reform appears to have incrementally reordered the hierarchy of goals the Conservatives had in place rather than creating a distinctively new set. It represents, even at its most radical, a series of second order changes, particularly based around inspection, performance management, and the increased use of the market, rather than a third order or paradigmatic change.

Keywords:   Labour party, public reform, public policy, Conservatives

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.