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Conclusions: climbing every mountain or retreating from the foothills?

Hills John, Sefton Tom and Stewart Kitty

in Towards a more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0017
Conclusions: climbing every mountain or retreating from the foothills?

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This chapter pulls together the threads of the book with the aim of reaching an overall assessment of the government's record since it came to power in 1997. It examines whether the evidence of the previous chapters adds up to a picture of substantial change, a serious assault on inherited levels of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. The chapter examines how much of a difference New Labour, after more than a decade in government, can be said to have made and whether Britain is a ‘more equal society’ than it was in 1997. In several key respects, the UK was a somewhat more equal society after 10 years of New Labour government.

Keywords: 1997 General Election; poverty; inequality; social exclusion; New Labour; equal society; Britain; UK

Chapter.  8428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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