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Beyond Continuity? Understanding Change in the UK Welfare State since 2010

McEnhill, Libby, Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2017) Beyond Continuity? Understanding Change in the UK Welfare State since 2010. Social Policy & Administration, 52 (1). pp. 252-270. ISSN 0144-5596. E-ISSN 1467-9515. (doi:10.1111/spol.12310) (KAR id:62105)

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One approach to identifying policy change stresses policy instruments, settings and policy paradigms, while another also considers the process and culmination of various shifts and consequent outcomes. This article illustrates the debate through an examination of how far developments in social security policy between the 1997–2010 New Labour and 2010–15 Coalition Governments in the UK constituted real policy shifts. It shows that, despite continuities in instruments and approach, there have been substantial changes in the impact of welfare state policies related to short-term benefits, employment and housing. The article identifies new policy directions leading to a different kind of welfare state, concerned less with living standards and equality and more with individual responsibility and paid work. It suggests that this has been achieved without the need for radical changes in instruments and their settings.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/spol.12310
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 14:39 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:13 UTC
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