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The Conservative Party and social policy$
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Hugh Bochel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424334

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424334.001.0001

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The Conservatives and the governance of social policy

The Conservatives and the governance of social policy

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The Conservative Party and social policy

Catherine Bochel

Policy Press

This chapter covers the possible implications for the governance of social policy of the Conservative Party under the leadership of David Cameron, including the coalition with the Liberal Democrats. It starts by addressing the importance of governance and mechanisms of policymaking and implementation. The general style of governance changed under the Conservatives. Labour sought to bring new approaches to policymaking and implementation, including through encouraging ‘joined-up government’ and ‘evidence-based’ policymaking. In general, this chapter suggests that the general direction of the Conservative Party, and of the Coalition government, reflects many of the ideas of the Conservative governments, including the relative merits and shortcomings of private- and public-sector provision, the importance of individual choice, and the attempts to engage charities and social enterprises in the delivery of public services.

Keywords:   Conservative Party, governance, social policy, David Cameron, Coalition government, policymaking, Conservative governments, Liberal Democrats

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