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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, Coalition and social policy

The Conservatives, Coalition and social policy

(p.269) fifteen The Conservatives, Coalition and social policy
The Conservative Party and social policy

Hugh Bochel

Policy Press

This chapter seeks to bring together the main themes from the book. It also provides an initial assessment of the state of social policy under the Coalition government. It first presents the nature and extent of the influence of the Liberal Democrats on their coalition partners. In addition, it tries to draw out some of the key dimensions that have been determined by the contributions to this book. One aspect that many of the chapters have considered is the extent to which Conservative policies have reflected those of New Labour, or have taken new directions. The second theme examines the extent to which, under David Cameron, the Conservative Party has sought to differentiate itself from the Thatcher era. The policies of the Coalition government promised to transform state welfare.

Keywords:   Conservative Party, Coalition government, social policy, Liberal Democrats, Conservative policies, New Labour, David Cameron

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