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Clear blue water?The Conservative Party and the welfare state since 1940$
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Robert M. Page

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429865

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.001.0001

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Towards a One Nation Conservative welfare state? The Conservatives and the welfare state, 1950-64

Towards a One Nation Conservative welfare state? The Conservatives and the welfare state, 1950-64

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Clear blue water?
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Robert M. Page

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.003.0003

The establishment of the One Nation Group by nine newly elected MPs following the party’s defeat at the 1950 General Election led to a clearer articulation of the modern Conservative approach to the welfare state. This chapter explores the emergence of the One Nation Conservative approach to the welfare state during the Churchill (1951-55), Eden (1955-57) and Macmillan (1957-63) eras. A concerted attempt was made to create a Conservative style cost effective, non-egalitarian welfare state which could provide security for those in need without stifling opportunity or personal choice.

Keywords:   one nation groups, one nation conservatism, churchill era, eden era, macmillan era, opportunity state

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