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Two steps forward, one step back: the gender dimensions of Treasury policy under New Labour

Coates David and Oettinger Sarah

in Women and New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348289
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.003.0006
Two steps forward, one step back: the gender dimensions of Treasury policy under New Labour

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This chapter investigates the gender implications of New Labour's macro-economic policy. New Labour policy was bound to have a differential impact across the whole range of gender relationships in the UK, and was bound to do so whether that impact was consciously planned or not. New Labour's Treasury team was sensitive to at least some of those consequences from the very outset of its period in office. New Labour's initial macro-policy stance was focused more on the employment than the gender dimensions of this labour-market transformation. After nearly a decade of New Labour in power, only one full-time worker in five in the UK enjoys even vestigial access to a flexible working week.

Keywords: New Labour; macro-economic policy; Treasury policy; employment; gender; labour market; UK

Chapter.  6292 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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