The national level: business and social policy in the UK

Kevin Farnsworth

in Corporate power and social policy in a global economy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344748
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301998 | DOI:
The national level: business and social policy in the UK

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This chapter considers the national picture, examining the role that business has played in British social policy since 1979. It focuses on the views of organised business on social policy and its influence on the policy process and institutions of the welfare state. It also considers the role played by central government in creating a more influential and prominent role for business interests, and the private sector more generally, in social policy development and delivery. The chapter looks primarily at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the most important of the UK's business interest associations (BIAs), although the views of other BIAs, including the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), are considered where appropriate. As the UK's only peak-level BIA, the CBI incorporates a national membership of firms of different sizes, originating from a range of different sectors, as well as smaller business associations.

Keywords: British social policy; organised business; welfare state; CBI; business interest associations

Chapter.  15388 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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