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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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Continuity and change: the politics of welfare under New Labour

Continuity and change: the politics of welfare under New Labour

(p.17) Two Continuity and change: the politics of welfare under New Labour
Welfare policy under New Labour

Hugh Bochel

Andrew Defty

Policy Press

This chapter examines welfare policies pursued by New Labour since 1997, and policies advocated by the main opposition parties. It details the Labour Party's policies and expenditure on welfare areas such as employment, social security, health, personal social services, crime and criminal justice, housing and education. This chapter also characterizes the extent to which Labour have drawn on the ideas of the preceding conservative governments. It highlights the questions of whether the government's policies have continued to reflect any commitment to socialism or social democracy, how these policies have been significantly influenced by New Right thinking, and if these reflect an acceptance of many of the more liberal interpretations of the impact of globalization. This chapter also discusses changes that Labour has put in place with regard to social policy formulation and implementation.

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

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