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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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‘Progressive’ neo-liberal conservatism and the welfare state: incremental reform or long-term destruction?

‘Progressive’ neo-liberal conservatism and the welfare state: incremental reform or long-term destruction?

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Social Policy Review 28
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Robert M. Page

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.003.0005

This chapter explores the approach of the modern Conservatives towards the welfare state since David Cameron became party leader in 2005. This chapter shows that in shifting the Conservative Party’s narrative to embrace key social justice agendas from a non-egalitarian and more individualist perspective, Cameron has not only allowed the Conservatives to present themselves as being sympathetic to progressive ends but also to move the terms of debate to the efficacy of Labour’s (more statist) means.

Keywords:   welfare state, neo-egalitarian, Conservative Party, David Cameron, social justice

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