Social policy since 1979: a view from the right

David Marsland

in Social Policy Review 16

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9781847424716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303435 | DOI:
Social policy since 1979: a view from the right

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This chapter discusses social policy since 1979, and views the welfare state changes that were made over the past quarter century. It looks at an account of Mrs Thatcher's social policy crusade, and then discusses the contribution of John Major. It identifies Major's administration as the one that implemented a lot of the most significant reforms of the Conservatives. It was also responsible for joining them into a ‘coherent national framework’ that had both central government frameworking and local competitive autonomy. The chapter ends with a discussion of the Conservative welfare legacy under New Labour.

Keywords: welfare state; Mrs Thatcher; social policy; John Major; reforms; Conservatives; national framework; government frameworking; competitive autonomy; welfare legacy

Chapter.  7683 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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