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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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The transformation of the welfare state? The Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government and social policy

The transformation of the welfare state? The Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government and social policy

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(p.1) One The transformation of the welfare state? The Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government and social policy
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The Coalition Government and Social Policy
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Hugh Bochel

Martin Powell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.003.0001

This chapter considers the coalition government and the relationship between the two parties and their policies. It traces the development of the views and approaches within the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties and the government as a whole and assesses the extent to which each party was successful in pushing its own agenda. The chapter draws upon a framework reflecting a number of political dimensions, including citizenship and public expenditure, in order to analyse the Coalition government’s policies and rhetoric, and argues that in most respects the Coalition government exhibited a range of characteristics and policies that were very similar to those of the New Right-influenced Thatcher governments.

Keywords:   Coalition government, Conservative Party, Liberal Democrat Party, Citizenship, Public expenditure, New Right

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