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Clear blue water?: The Conservative Party and the welfare state since 1940

Robert M. Page


This book takes an authoritative look at the policies and politics of Britain’s Conservative Party to discover if it has developed a distinctive approach to the post-war welfare state. After exploring the record of the wartime Conservative-led coalition government, attention is focussed on the progressive One Nation wing of the party. The author explores the efforts that were made to embrace the features of the welfare state that were compatible with underlying Conservative philosophy. The modern technocratic Conservative approach of the Heath government (1970-74) is then put under the spotlig ... More

Keywords: conservative party, conservatism, the post war welfare state, modern technocratic conservatism, neo liberal conservatism, progressive neo liberal conservatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781847429865
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Page, author
University of Birmingham, UK