Evaluating the Political Achievement of New Labour Since 1997. Social Policy and the Public Trust

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Explores the issue of trust in relation to the British state under New Labour. The issue of trust was raised most vividly around foreign policy matters, particularly Britain’s role in the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent debate about the validity or otherwise of the intelligence material. From this starting point the stewardship of New Labour is evaluated in terms of the notion of active citizenship and from the perspective of writers working in a range of agencies and policy areas, including health, community development, social security and criminal justice.


“In providing this appraisal the authors here have done two important things: they have given future policy makers a clear account of what has worked, what has not worked and why. Perhaps just as importantly, for the historic record, they have helped us to see a New Labour beyond the fog of war, of spin and of denial. Whether we trust them more, or trust them less is a question for the reader to answer.” – Prof. Malcolm Williams, University of Plymouth

“. . . a well-crafted and designed volume. It will add to our stock of knowledge on the nature of post-industrial liberal democracy in general, and the New Labour project in particular. The authors and editors are to be congratulated for their erudition.” – Prof. Karl Cordell, University of Plymouth

“Overall I felt that the book offered a welcome addition to the ongoing analysis of New Labour and successfully locates a wide range of contributions within a distinctive academic/conceptual framework that should interest a broad church of readers.” – Prof. Chris Clay, York St John University

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Professor Malcolm Williams
1. Evaluating New Labour’s social and public policy within the conceptual framework of trust
2. Because they lied? New Labour, Iraq’s WMD and trust
3. Active citizenship and the pursuit of trust
4. Trusting in the future? New Labour’s pensions
5. Teenage pregnancy and young parenthood: questioning the inevitability of risk, lone motherhood and social exclusion
6. Trust me I’m a politician? The NHS and New Labour Reforms
7. Controlling practice: New Labour’s management, audit and ‘what works’ approach to controlling the ‘untrustworthy’ professions
8. New Labour: Trust, equality of opportunity and diversity
9. New Labour: The challenge of community participation
10. The role of trust within regeneration partnership arrangements: Does New Labour’s ‘managerialist’ philosophical approach undermine trust in partnership arrangements?
11. Trust New Labour to reduce crime? An evaluation of two burglary reduction initiatives
12. Empowerment or disempowerment? : New Labour Domestic Violence and the Crime and Victims Act 2004
13. Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships: Left realism writ large or a vehicle for New Labour control?
14. Concluding thoughts: Newer Labour and the implications for trust

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