The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State

The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State

Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9781447324560

Publisher: Policy Press


This book examines the social policies of the coalition government from 2010 to 2015, and outlines the incoming Conservative government’s approach during its first 100 days in office. Drawing on contributions on cross-cutting themes such as public expenditure and the governance of social policy, and on key service areas, including education, health and social security, it examines the key ideas underpinning the policies of the coalition government, the influences on policy, including the two governing parties, the legacy of New Labour, the financial crisis of 2008 and its interpretation, and ideology. The book argues that in most respects (although not all), the coalition government can be seen as having more in common with New Right approaches than those of New Labour’s Third Way or One Nation Conservatism. It suggests that that, combined with the emphasis on ‘austerity’ and large-scale public expenditure cuts, contributed to a reshaping of much of the welfare state, particularly in England, although the other constituent parts of the United Kingdom sought, in general, to move in a rather different policy direction. Looking at the first 100 days of the Conservative government the book concludes that the direction of travel under the coalition was likely to persist at least until the next general election, if not beyond.

Table of Contents

Eleven Family policy: the Mods and Rockers

Rosalind Edwards and Val Gillies

Sixteen Conclusions

Martin Powell and Hugh Bochel

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