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The Conservative Party and social policy Paperback – 23 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press (23 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847424325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847424327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,362,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This timely and eagerly awaited collection from leading commentators is an essential guide to the current government's social policy." --Martin Powell, Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Birmingham

"This is indeed a very timely and useful collection. Following so quickly on the accession to power of the new Coalition government, dominated by the Conservatives, this analysis of the party's key policy plans will be essential reading for all social policy students in the UK. The Editor and The Policy Press are to be congratulated in getting it out so swiftly." --Pete Alcock, University of Birmingham

About the Author

Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln. He has published widely in public and social policy, including the politics of social policy.

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A timely and wide-ranging collection, The Conservative Party and Social Policy is an invaluable point of reference for any student, academic or practitioner of social policy, welfare, education, or social work.

The title of this volume is misleading; it is as much about New Labour as the current government and the analysis of New Labour and the Third Way is this book's primary strength (perhaps unsurprising given that current government social policy has yet to mature). The Coalition's readiness to embrace its New Labour inheritance is a central theme of this book. Despite the anti-Labour rhetoric of Cameron, Lansley, IDS, Grayling and others, contributors consistently point to the continuity of contemporary social policy as it builds on, rather than diverges from, the ideas and direction of New Labour. Bochel (the editor of this volume) and his fellow authors cleverly illustrate that, while the rhetoric hardens or softens, politicians have maintained a progressive continuity in social welfare policies since the ending of the welfare consensus that held from the 1940s until the onset of Thatcherism in 1979.

A second consistent theme in this book is the dominance of the Conservatives, as senior coalition partners, in Bochel's words "across large swathes of social policy", especially education, employment, health, and welfare. While statistics show a number of Liberal Democrat manifesto pledges have been incorporated into government policy, the authors separately and consistently demonstrate that the bulk of these were in the manifestos of both parties.
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