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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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Risk and the Blair legacy

Risk and the Blair legacy

(p.143) nine Risk and the Blair legacy
Modernising the welfare state

David Denney

Policy Press

This chapter examines risk scenarios that have been structured into New Labour policy discourses since 1997. It argues that the approach taken to risk by New Labour, although complex and sometimes contradictory, can be understood as a feature of late modernity. New Labour, like all governments in advanced capitalist societies, is experiencing and responding to processes of ‘reflexive modernisation’. The work of 6 and Peck will be utilised to identify emergent themes of change associated with New Labour. Central policy variables discussed by Hall will also be used to discuss the extent of changes introduced by New Labour with regard to risk.

Keywords:   New Labour policy, risk policy, reflexive modernisation

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