With the Conservative Party breaking new ground in forming a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, this book examines the development and content of the Conservatives' approaches to social policy and how they inform the Coalition's policies.
Chapters cover the development of Conservative Party social policy and specific policy areas. The book will be of interest to academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and everyone with an interest in the Conservative Party and the Coalition government's social policies.
"Hugh Bochel has edited an excellent text; comprehensive and contemporary in its coverage, and with chapters clearly and engagingly written by relevant social policy experts." Journal of Social Policy
“This excellent book assembles an impressive range of experts to analyse Conservative party social policy, with a particular focus on developments since 1997 ... The rigorous evidence-based analysis presented in this volume marks an important contribution to understanding this process, and has set a benchmark against which future work in this area will be judged.” Political Studies Review.
"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
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.
Contents: Introduction ~ Hugh Bochel; Part one: A Conservative social policy?: The development of Conservative social policy ~ Robert Page; Public expenditure and the mixed economy of welfare ~ Nick Ellison; Conservative social policy and public opinion ~ Andrew Defty; Part two: Policy areas: Health ~ Rob Baggott; Education ~ Stephen Ball; Housing ~ Peter Somerville; Social security ~ Karen Rowlingson; Employment and work ~ Alan Deacon; Adult care ~ Jon Glasby; Children and young people ~ Paul Daniel; Crime and criminal justice ~ Mike Hough; Part three: Governance issues: The Conservatives and social policy in the devolved administrations ~ Richard Parry; Mechanisms/governance of social policy ~ Catherine Bochel; Conclusions ~ Hugh Bochel.