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Clear blue water?The Conservative Party and the welfare state since 1940$
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Robert M. Page

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429865

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.001.0001

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Progressive neo-liberal Conservatism and the welfare state, 2005-15

Progressive neo-liberal Conservatism and the welfare state, 2005-15

(p.117) Six Progressive neo-liberal Conservatism and the welfare state, 2005-15
Clear blue water?

Robert M. Page

Policy Press

Following a lengthy spell in opposition, the Conservatives returned to government in 2010. During their time in the political `wilderness’ the Conservatives, attempted to address their reputation as the `nasty’ party by adopting a compassionate Conservative narrative under William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard. It was only after David Cameron became party leader in 2005 that a more influential progressive neo-liberal Conservative doctrine emerged. Cameron developed a more inclusive approach to those following non-traditional lifestyles such and adopted a more enlightened approach to those experiencing poverty. Cameron’s championing of the `Big Society’ was also intended to demonstrate his preference for increased reliance on non-state solutions in field of social policy.

Keywords:   progressive neo-liberal conservatism, david cameron and the welfare state, the big society, the coalition government 2010-15

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