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Social care under Blair: are social care services more modern?

Mark Baldwin

in Modernising the welfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420404.003.0005
Social care under Blair: are social care services more modern?

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From a lukewarm beginning, New Labour's social care policy has come to the boil, with the changes introduced symbolic of their ambiguous approach to public policy – full of rhetoric on individual empowerment, but relentless in the unshackling of private capital to develop services. This chapter looks at what, and how much, has changed in social care over the Blair years. It considers whether policy development reflects modernisation as conceptualised by 6 and Peck (2004), and evaluates the order of change, if any, from Conservative social policy using the Hall (1993) model. The law relating to social care has always been different in England and Wales from that of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but devolution has made changes in the social care arena in the four countries which have not always been congruent. These differences need to be acknowledged, and some are addressed.

Keywords: social care policy; New Labour; modernisation; policy development

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