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The Conservative Party and social policy$
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Hugh Bochel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424334

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424334.001.0001

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Conservative health policy: change, continuity and policy influence

Conservative health policy: change, continuity and policy influence

(p.77) five Conservative health policy: change, continuity and policy influence
The Conservative Party and social policy

Rob Baggott

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the health policy of the Conservative Party. First, it describes the theories of party politics that have some utility in explaining policy change and continuity. In particular, the first concerns the adoption of policy positions by parties and the second explores the influence of changes in party government on government policy. The chapter then examines policy developments between 1997 and 2005. The Conservatives' defeat at the 1997 general election led to a period of introspection and the gradual development of a new health policy. This is followed by an analysis of health policy under David Cameron's leadership of the party. The possible future directions in policy under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition are also discussed. The coalition with the Liberal Democrats adds a further level of complexity.

Keywords:   Conservative Party, health policy, party politics, policy change, policy continuity, David Cameron, Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition

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