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The success paradoxWhy we need a holistic theory of social mobility$
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Graeme Atherton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316336

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316336.001.0001

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Unpicking the political consensus on social mobility

Unpicking the political consensus on social mobility

(p.53) Three Unpicking the political consensus on social mobility
The success paradox

Graeme Atherton

Policy Press

The chapter considers the extent to which there is agreement or not between political parties in the UK where social mobility is concerned. It looks at how social mobility increased in political prominence under the Labour administration of the 2000s, and how this increase continued under the Conservative: Liberal Democrat administration of the 2010s. The approach of each party is then examined in detail to illustrate that while there is a common core to how each party understands social mobility (and some common myths promulgated across the parties) there are also clear differences in philosophy originating in the differences between the parties. The chapter ends by arguing that there is some optimism regarding the possibilities of changing how social mobility is understood. The optimism can be found in the spaces that exist both within, between and around parties to shape different ideas around social mobility.

Keywords:   Conservative Labour, Liberal Democrats

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