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Risk and the Blair legacy

David Denney

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/9781847420404.003.0009
Risk and the Blair legacy

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This chapter examines risk scenarios that have been structured into New Labour policy discourses since 1997. It argues that the approach taken to risk by New Labour, although complex and sometimes contradictory, can be understood as a feature of late modernity. New Labour, like all governments in advanced capitalist societies, is experiencing and responding to processes of ‘reflexive modernisation’. The work of 6 and Peck will be utilised to identify emergent themes of change associated with New Labour. Central policy variables discussed by Hall will also be used to discuss the extent of changes introduced by New Labour with regard to risk.

Keywords: New Labour policy; risk policy; reflexive modernisation

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