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Martin Powell, Linda Bauld, and Karen Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346704

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.001.0001

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Welfare after Thatcherism: New Labour and social democratic politics

Welfare after Thatcherism: New Labour and social democratic politics

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(p.255) Thirteen Welfare after Thatcherism: New Labour and social democratic politics
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Social Policy Review 17
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Driver Stephen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.003.0014

This chapter views New Labour as a ‘post-Thatcherite’ party. It is argued that many of the themes of New Labour are not exactly ‘new’ to the ‘old’ European social democracy. The discussion points to an impassive record on employment, and claims that while the impact of government policy on the distribution of income has been equalising, the income gap has been widening. It also points out the differences within Labour, suggesting that Brown's Britain may be different in terms of choice, diversity, and competition, as compared to Blair's Britain. It is then suggested that Blairite modernisation does not necessarily undermine the social democratic political economy.

Keywords:   post-Thatcherite, New Labour themes, European social democracy, record on employment, government policy, income distribution, income gap

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