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Promoting welfare?Government information policy and social citizenship$
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Penny Leonard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344885

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344885.001.0001

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New Labour and information

New Labour and information

(p.69) Six New Labour and information
Promoting welfare?

Penny Leonard

Policy Press

This chapter shows the ambiguity of New Labour policies, which is reflected in its information provision for social security benefits. It determines that policy making itself is the result of compromises and is not a straightforward process. It also shows that there has been a lot of information activity from New Labour, which is a government with a reputation for some expertise in ‘spin’. The chapter reveals that the clearest shifts in policy are demonstrated in attitudes to citizens as workers and to those citizens who are no longer expected to work.

Keywords:   New Labour, policies, information provision, social security benefits, policy making, information activity, spin, policy shifts

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