Conservative social policy: from conviction to coalition

Bochel Hugh

in Social Policy Review 23

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303503 | DOI:
Conservative social policy: from conviction to coalition

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This chapter examines the development of Conservative Party social policy while in opposition and the challenges posed to the Conservatives by New Labour governments. It shows the degree to which David Cameron's Conservative Party has left behind its ‘nasty party’ image and broken from its Thatcherite past is a matter of contention. It observes that its performance in the 2010 General Election was modest given the extent of the economic crisis and the unpopularity of Gordon Brown's Labour government. It notes that the lack of an outright majority has brought the Party into coalition with a Liberal Democratic Party, form enthusiastic support for economic liberalism favoured by the Orange Book wing of the Party to those with a social democratic bent. It notes the longevity and policies of the Coalition will be affected by these ideological issues, by electoral calculations on both sides and by the success or otherwise of its economic policies.

Keywords: Conservative Party; social policy; David Cameron; image; Thatcher; Gordon Brown; coalition; Liberal Democratic Party; economic liberalism; Orange Book; social democratic bent

Chapter.  7306 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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