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New Labour and information

Penny Leonard

in Promoting welfare?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344885
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344885.003.0006
New Labour and information

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This chapter shows the ambiguity of New Labour policies, which is reflected in its information provision for social security benefits. It determines that policy making itself is the result of compromises and is not a straightforward process. It also shows that there has been a lot of information activity from New Labour, which is a government with a reputation for some expertise in ‘spin’. The chapter reveals that the clearest shifts in policy are demonstrated in attitudes to citizens as workers and to those citizens who are no longer expected to work.

Keywords: New Labour; policies; information provision; social security benefits; policy making; information activity; spin; policy shifts

Chapter.  6115 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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