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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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Social care under Blair: are social care services more modern?

Social care under Blair: are social care services more modern?

(p.73) five Social care under Blair: are social care services more modern?
Modernising the welfare state

Mark Baldwin

Policy Press

From a lukewarm beginning, New Labour's social care policy has come to the boil, with the changes introduced symbolic of their ambiguous approach to public policy – full of rhetoric on individual empowerment, but relentless in the unshackling of private capital to develop services. This chapter looks at what, and how much, has changed in social care over the Blair years. It considers whether policy development reflects modernisation as conceptualised by 6 and Peck (2004), and evaluates the order of change, if any, from Conservative social policy using the Hall (1993) model. The law relating to social care has always been different in England and Wales from that of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but devolution has made changes in the social care arena in the four countries which have not always been congruent. These differences need to be acknowledged, and some are addressed.

Keywords:   social care policy, New Labour, modernisation, policy development

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