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Modernising the welfare stateThe Blair legacy$
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Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420404

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420404.001.0001

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The stages of New Labour

The stages of New Labour

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(p.219) thirteen The stages of New Labour
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Modernising the welfare state
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Ian Greener

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420404.003.0013

This chapter examines the extent of change that has taken place since 1997. The key policy question is whether Labour's approach to public reform represents an approach with a new hierarchy of goals in place, a new policy ‘paradigm’, or, instead, a variant of the Conservative approach that preceded it. Can Labour policy be divided into a series of stages or moments that show changes in Labour's approach? Labour's approach to public reform appears to have incrementally reordered the hierarchy of goals the Conservatives had in place rather than creating a distinctively new set. It represents, even at its most radical, a series of second order changes, particularly based around inspection, performance management, and the increased use of the market, rather than a third order or paradigmatic change.

Keywords:   Labour party, public reform, public policy, Conservatives

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