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Attlee versus Blair: Labour governments and progressive social policy in historical perspective

Robert M. Page

in Social Policy Review 16

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9781847424716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424716.003.0008
Attlee versus Blair: Labour governments and progressive social policy in historical perspective

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This chapter provides a comparison of the achievements of the Attlee government with those of Blair's New Labour administration. It examines the context, aims, and achievements of the two governments. The chapter also observes that in cricketing parlance, the ‘occupancy of the crease’ of New Labour may result in better long-term gains than shorter, but more entertaining, innings. The Attlee government may be regarded as operating at the more radical end of the reformist spectrum, while Blair's New Labour government has been criticised for operating at the less radical end.

Keywords: social policy; Blair; New Labour; Attlee government; reformist spectrum

Chapter.  9120 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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