Modernising the welfare state

The Blair legacy

Edited by Martin Powell

Modernising the welfare state

Edited by Martin Powell

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847420404 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Tony Blair was the longest serving Labour Prime Minister in British history. This book, the third in a trilogy of books on New Labour edited by Martin Powell, analyses the legacy of his government for social policy, focusing on the extent to which it has changed the UK welfare state. Drawing on both conceptual and empirical evidence, the book offers forward-looking speculation on emerging and future welfare issues.The book's high-profile contributors examine the content and extent of change. They explore which of the elements of modernisation matter for their area. Which sectors saw the greatest degree of change? Do terms such as 'modern welfare state' or 'social investment state' have any resonance? They also examine change over time with reference to the terms of the government. Was reform a fairly continuous event, or was it concentrated in certain periods? Finally, the contributors give an assessment of likely policy direction under a future Labour or Conservative government.Previous books in the trilogy are "New Labour, new welfare state?" (1999) and "Evaluating New Labour's welfare reforms" (2002) (see below). The works should be read by academics, undergraduates and post-graduates on courses in social policy, public policy and political science.
Contents

Introduction: modernising the welfare state ~ Martin Powell
The NHS after 10 years of New Labour ~ Calum Paton
Housing policy: coming in out of the cold? ~ Brian Lund
Social security and welfare reform ~ Stephen McKay and Karen Rowlingson
Social care under Blair: are social care services more modern? ~ Mark Baldwin
Education: from the comprehensive to the individual ~ Susan Martin and Yolande Muschamp
Controlling crime and disorder: the Labour legacy ~ Sarah Charman and Stephen P. Savage
Social investment: the discourse and the dimensions of change ~ Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Ruth Lister
Risk and the Blair legacy ~ David Denney
Going private? ~ Mark Drakeford
Choice in public services: 'no choice but to choose' ~ Catherine Needham
The conditional welfare state ~ Peter Dwyer
The stages of New Labour ~ Ian Greener
Social Democratic reforms of the welfare state: Germany and the UK compared ~ Martin Seeleib-Kaiser
Conclusion: the Blair legacy ~ Martin Powell

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