New Labour

New Labour : Politics After Thatcherism

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This book provides a systematic outline of New Labour's ideas and policies. The authors show how the Party's economic and social policies are more neo-liberal and conservative than ever before. To counter accusations that New Labour is Old Labour updated or Tharcherism mark II, they explain how Labour has gone beyond social democracy and is shaped by Thatcherism, yet different from it. "New Labour: Politics after Thatcherism" shows how the New Labour Party has looked to the USA, Europe, Australasia and East Asia for inspiration. It outlines the path of modernization which led to the Blair revolution. Driver and Martell explain the role of big ideas such as communitarianism, globalization and stakeholding. And they provide a full introduction to and interpretation of New Labour's policies on the economy, welfare and constitutional reform.Students and general readers will find this an accessible introduction to New Labour ideology and policy. Experts will find a new interpretation, which breaks with other perspectives on Labour under Blair.
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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 520g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745620515
  • 9780745620510

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. From Old Labour to New Labour. 2. The New Economics. 3. Welfare and Social Policy. 4. Government and the Constitution. 5. Post-Thatcherism. 6. Beyond Left and Right? Notes. Index.
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"A highly effective introduction to the values underpinning Tony Blair's administration ... readable and wide-ranging ... commentators will differ, of course, in their interpretation of the key features of New Labour. This volume provides a good point of entry to these debates." The Times Literary Supplement "This book is a very helpful guide to New Labour, presenting the facts so that readers can make up their minds about it." Labour Research
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About Luke Martell

Stephen Driver is Principal Lecturer in the School of Business and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey Roehampton
Luke Martell is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex.
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