Welfare Policy Under New Labour: Views from Inside Westminster

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Policy Press, Jan 3, 2007 - Political Science - 194 pages
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Based on an extensive series of interviews with MPs and Peers from across Parliament, the book traces the dynamics of political debate on welfare both between and within parties; assesses the emergence of a new political consensus on welfare; details the welfare policy environment and the reform of Parliament under Labour; examines the extent to which MPs support developments in welfare policy; provides the most detailed assessment to date of MPs' attitudes to welfare and their views on the future of the welfare state under Blair and beyond and offers the first consideration of the role of the reconstituted House of Lords in the scrutiny of welfare policy. Welfare policy under New Labour provides a timely examination of the role of Parliament in the policy process. It will prove invaluable to scholars and students of social policy and British politics and professionals working in social work and welfare policy. It also provides useful insights for those who wish to lobby Parliament in these fields.

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Contents

the politics of welfare
17
Tables
18
three A declining force? Parliament under Blair
49
four Towards a new consensus? MPs attitudes to welfare
73
five MPs attitudes to welfare and public opinion III
111
the House of Lords
125
eight Conclusions
173
References
179
Index
189
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Hugh Bochel, Department of Policy Studies, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside and Andrew Defty, Department of Policy Studies, University of Lincoln

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