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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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(p.347) Sixteen Conclusions
The Coalition Government and Social Policy

Martin Powell

Hugh Bochel

Policy Press

This Chapter aims to place the main points identified by the contributors into the framework introduced in Chapter 1. In particular, it revisits the questions of the main approaches underlying the coalition government, whether its social policies may best be seen as ‘One Nation’ Conservative, New Right or Third Way; and to what extent it reflected Conservative or Liberal Democrat influences. It also explores the first 100 days of the Conservative government elected in May 2015, focusing on the first Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996, the Budget of July 2015, and 100 day audits of a number of commentators. It concludes that the contributors to this volume tend to follow this broadly critical line, with most of them largely echoing the provisional assessments of chapter 1: the coalition government was closest to the ‘New Right’ approaches; there were significant continuities with previous Conservative (1979-1997) and New Labour (1997-2010) governments; and the Liberal Democrats did not appear to have had a significant impact in many policy areas. All of this suggests that the welfare state in the UK may look rather different after the coalition government.

Keywords:   coalition government, conservative government, social policy, welfare state, assessment

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