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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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Towards a new consensus? MPs' attitudes to welfare

Towards a new consensus? MPs' attitudes to welfare

(p.73) Four Towards a new consensus? MPs' attitudes to welfare
Welfare policy under New Labour

Hugh Bochel

Andrew Defty

Policy Press

This chapter provides a substantive examination of Members of Parliament's (MPs) attitudes to welfare and the role of the state with regard to specific policy areas. It also discusses the extent to which the Labour governments' approach to social policy, since 1997, has been underpinned by different ideological perspectives. The debates over the directions of welfare policy and the extent of their impact and acceptance within the political parties at Westminster are also explored further in this chapter. This chapter highlights the apparent convergence among MPs on the role of the state in welfare; this convergence appears even more pronounced in the analysis of their attitudes towards the nature and extent of state involvement, and in particular the role of the state and the private sector in the delivery of services.

Keywords:   UK, Parliament, political parties, welfare, attitudes, Labour Party, welfare policy, social policy, ideology, socialism

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