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Providing a Sure StartHow government discovered early childhood$
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Naomi Eisenstadt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427304.001.0001

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A star is born

A star is born

(p.19) Three A star is born
Providing a Sure Start

Naomi Eisenstadt

Policy Press

This chapter describes some of the policymaking innovation under New Labour, and how it differed from the past. It is difficult to over emphasise the optimism of the times, both within government on what would be possible, and outside of government on what the new administration would deliver. Those of us on the outside working in the voluntary sector were desperate to influence a new raft of ministers, only a few of whom had served in previous Labour administrations. Most had only been MPs during the long years of Conservative rule. Having little experience of serving in government and little knowledge of how ministers traditionally worked was probably an advantage. Ministers really wanted to do things differently and had no old habits to be broken. Two big innovations were developing, one from the Cabinet Office with strong support from Number 10, and one from the Treasury.

Keywords:   innovation, New Labour, voluntary sector, policymaking, Treasury

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