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Clear blue water?The Conservative Party and the welfare state since 1940$
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Robert M. Page

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429865

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.001.0001

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The Heath ‘interregnum’

The Heath ‘interregnum’

modern technocratic Conservatism and the welfare state, 1965-74

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(p.61) Four The Heath ‘interregnum’
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Clear blue water?
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Robert M. Page

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.003.0004

Although Edward Heath displayed One Nation sympathies he developed a `technocratic’ Conservative approach to the welfare state both in opposition and government. He favoured an evidence-based, expert led approach to policy making best exemplified by Keith Joseph’s `streamlined’ reforms of the National Health Service. In general it could be argued that the Heath government pursued some policies which had a decidedly neo-liberal provenance such as the introduction of Family Income Supplement in 1972 and others where One Nation influences could be detected such as the introduction of Attendance Allowance in 1972.

Keywords:   modern technocratic conservativism, edward heath, selsdon park, the conservative government, the welfare state

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