|aThe Conservative Party and social policy /|cedited by Hugh Bochel.
|aBristol :|bPolicy Press,|c2011.
|avii, 326 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 279-311) and index.
|aConservative approaches to social policy since 1997 / Hugh Bochel -- The Conservative Party and the welfare state since 1945 / Robert M. Page -- The Conservative Party and public expenditure / Nick Ellison -- The Conservatives, social policy and public opinion / Andrew Defty -- Conservative health policy : change, continuity and policy influence / Rob Baggott -- Something old, something new : understanding Conservative education policy / Sonia Exley and Stephen J. Ball -- Conservative housing policy / Peter Somerville -- Social security and welfare reform / Stephen McKay and Karen Rowlingson -- A new welfare settlement? : the Coalition government and welfare-to-work / Alan Deacon and Ruth Patrick -- The Conservative Party and community care / Jon Glasby -- Conservative policy and the family / Paul Daniel -- Crime and criminal justice / Mike Hough -- The Conservatives and social policy in the devolved administrations / Richard Parry -- The Conservatives and the governance of social policy / Catherine Bochel -- The Conservatives, Coalition and social policy / Hugh Bochel.
In Britain, after three successive general election defeats and five leaders since 1997, under David Cameron, and now Con-Lib government there appears to have been a significant shift in the Conservative party's positions across a range of areas, including many social policy issues. At the same time, other changes since 1997 mean that the policy environment is considerably different from when the Conservatives were last in government. These include constitutional change, public opinion, developments in the economy, and so on, as well as in substantive approaches to policy. This book examines the Conservative party's changing positions on a range of social policy areas, in particular since 1997. It provides a critical consideration of these changes and of the current state of Conservative social policy. This is first book to analyze social policy under the new Con-Lib government, covering the changing face of Conservatism and social policy over time. It cuts across broader questions of governance, as well as specific policy areas.