The stages of New Labour

Ian Greener

in Modernising the welfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302834 | DOI:
The stages of New Labour

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This chapter examines the extent of change that has taken place since 1997. The key policy question is whether Labour's approach to public reform represents an approach with a new hierarchy of goals in place, a new policy ‘paradigm’, or, instead, a variant of the Conservative approach that preceded it. Can Labour policy be divided into a series of stages or moments that show changes in Labour's approach? Labour's approach to public reform appears to have incrementally reordered the hierarchy of goals the Conservatives had in place rather than creating a distinctively new set. It represents, even at its most radical, a series of second order changes, particularly based around inspection, performance management, and the increased use of the market, rather than a third order or paradigmatic change.

Keywords: Labour party; public reform; public policy; Conservatives

Chapter.  5839 words. 

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