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New Labour, new welfare state?

New Labour, new welfare state?
The 'third way' in British social policy

Martin Powell
Paperback, 368 pages, 216 x 148 mm
Other formats available
02 Jun 1999


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"This very substantial book ... gives a comprehensive account of the social welfare policies of the Labour government"
Labour Research
"There probably isn't another assessment as comprehensive as this available."
New Labour Organiser
"No reading list on contemporary British social policy should be without it!"
Ruth Lister
"Books which deal comprehensively and yet critically with the New Labour government’s third way for welfare reform will quickly become required reading for all students of social policy. This collection achieves both of these goals and is therefore deserving of such wide attention."
Pete Alcock

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The New Labour government elected in May 1997 claimed that it would modernise the welfare state, by rejecting the solutions of both the Old Left and the New Right. New Labour, new welfare state? provides the first comprehensive examination of the social policy of New Labour; compares and contrasts current policy areas with both the Old Left and the New Right and applies the concept of the 'third way' to individual policy areas and to broader themes which cut across policy areas. The contributors provide a comprehensive account of developments in the main policy areas and in the themes of citizenship and accountability, placing these within a wider framework of the 'third way'. They find a complex picture. Although the exact shape of the new welfare state is difficult to detect, it is clear that there have been major changes in areas such as citizenship, the mixed economy of welfare, the centrality of work in an active welfare state, and the appearance of new elements such as joined up government at the centre and new partnerships of governance at the periphery. New Labour, new welfare state? provides topical information on the debate on the future of the welfare state and is essential reading for students and researchers in social policy, politics and sociology.


Introduction ~ Martin Powell
Public expenditure and the public/private mix ~ Tania Burchardt and John Hills
New Labour's health policy: the new healthcare state ~ Calum Paton
The personal social services and community care ~ Norman Johnson
Education, education, education ~ Yolande Muschamp, Ian Jamieson and Hugh Lauder
Housing policy under New Labour ~ Peter A. Kemp
New Labour and social security ~ Martin Hewitt
New Labour and employment, training and employee relations ~ Peter Cressey
The new politics of law and order: Labour, crime and justice ~ Sarah Charman and Stephen P. Savage
Citizenship ~ Hartley Dean
Accountability ~ John Rouse and George Smith
Bridging the Atlantic: the Democratic (Party) origins of Welfare to Work ~ Desmond King and Mark Wickham-Jones
Conclusion ~ Martin Powell.


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