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The Implications of Third Way Social Policy for Inequality, Social Cohesion, and Citizenship

Hartley Dean

in Welfare State Change

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266722
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601941 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266727.003.0009
The Implications of Third Way Social Policy for Inequality, Social Cohesion, and Citizenship

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Focuses on the UK and argues that the Labour Government has had firm ideas about both how social provision should look, and what the state can and cannot do about it. It suggests further that there is a serious tension between ideas and principles informing policies and ideas about the role of the state, and that this tension signals a more fundamental conflict–present at the EU level also–between welfare ends and market means. The chapter illustrates these arguments with reference to the development of childcare policy in the UK.

Keywords: childcare; core ideas and principles; governance; policy goals; role of the state

Chapter.  9735 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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