This book has drawn on a variety of evidence, including interviews with 76 Members of Parliament (MPs) and ten peers, to examine the beliefs, roles and activities of MPs, and to some extent peers, in relation to welfare policy since 1997. The empirical research was undertaken largely during the second Blair term, a period that saw considerable change in many areas of welfare policy. This concluding chapter of the book summarises the key points of this research and draws out the implications about the continued relevance of MPs in the policy process in the field of welfare. The New Labour governments made significant changes to social policy, in some areas building on changes introduced by the preceding Conservative governments, and in some areas varying considerably. Some of the debate about the nature of New Labour's policies has been focused around the idea of a ‘Third Way’.
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