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Hugh Bochel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347909

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347909.001.0001

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Welfare policy under New Labour

Hugh Bochel

Andrew Defty

Policy Press

Welfare reform is a central part of the modernisation programme adopted by the Labour governments of the UK since 1997. This introductory chapter discusses the fundamental shift in Labour Party thinking regarding the principle of universal welfare provision, as demanded by several demographic pressures generated by expansive patterns of demand for pensions and healthcare for an ageing population, coupled with the pressures of globalisation to drive down taxes and regulation. This chapter presents the results of several surveys conducted to study the values and attitudes of Members of Parliament with regard to welfare policy. It also presents the methodology of the study conducted between October 2005 and January 2006 that examined parliamentary attitudes on welfare reform during Blair's second government.

Keywords:   Labour Party, political parties, UK, globalization, attitudes, government policy, public policy, welfare policy

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