Continuity and change: the politics of welfare under New Labour

Hugh Bochel and Andrew Defty

in Welfare policy under New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347909
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304227 | DOI:
Continuity and change: the politics of welfare under New Labour

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This chapter examines welfare policies pursued by New Labour since 1997, and policies advocated by the main opposition parties. It details the Labour Party's policies and expenditure on welfare areas such as employment, social security, health, personal social services, crime and criminal justice, housing and education. This chapter also characterizes the extent to which Labour have drawn on the ideas of the preceding conservative governments. It highlights the questions of whether the government's policies have continued to reflect any commitment to socialism or social democracy, how these policies have been significantly influenced by New Right thinking, and if these reflect an acceptance of many of the more liberal interpretations of the impact of globalization. This chapter also discusses changes that Labour has put in place with regard to social policy formulation and implementation.

Keywords: Labour Party; political parties; social policy; public policy; government policy; UK; social welfare; welfare policy

Chapter.  13127 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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