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Conservative approaches to social policy since 1997

Hugh Bochel

in The Conservative Party and social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424334.003.0001
Conservative approaches to social policy since 1997

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This chapter considers the genesis of the Conservatives' positions on social policy up to the general election of May 2010 and its immediate aftermath. It primarily concerns the extent to which the Conservatives' policies were similar to or different from those of previous Conservative governments and oppositions, including from the Margaret Thatcher era and earlier; the extent to which Conservative policies differed from those of the Labour governments led by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; and how the Conservatives reached the policy positions that they held by the time of the 2010 general election. The remainder of this book investigates Conservative social policies in greater depth, with many of the chapters suggesting different possible interpretations of the ideas. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is provided.

Keywords: Conservative governments; Conservative oppositions; Margaret Thatcher; Conservative policies; social policy; Labour governments; Tony Blair; Gordon Brown; 2010 general election

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