ABSTRACT

After the landslide election of a new Labour government in May 1997, what are the key social policy issues and problems which the new government needs to address?
Social Issues and Party Politics looks at the manifestos of the main parties and the way social issues figured in the 1997 election campaign and the early days of the new government. Chapters discuss green issues, the management and financing of welfare in contemporary Britain, the delivery of key services in health, education, employment, criminal justice, housing, personal social services, pensions and other areas of social security. The particular circumstances of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also examined.
Social Issues and Party Politics takes social policy beyond the soundbite and provides a convincing and incisive analysis of current social policy approaches and inherited problems. It identifies the deep social questions which will need to be addressed if Labour is to deliver on its promise of a new Britain.

chapter |23 pages

Chapter 1 The road to 1997

ByHelen Jones

chapter |15 pages

Chapter 2 Managing the welfare state

ByTony Butcher

chapter |17 pages

Chapter 3 Taxing and spending the people's money

BySusanne MacGregor

chapter |17 pages

Chapter 5 ‘Education, education, education'

ByMiriam E. David

chapter |15 pages

Chapter 6 The people's health

ByHelen Jones

chapter |15 pages

Chapter 7 New partnerships for social services

BySusan Balloch

chapter |17 pages

Chapter 8 Home truths

ByMark Liddiard

chapter |13 pages

Chapter 10 Paying for pensions

ByBarbara Waine

chapter |13 pages

Chapter 11 Criminal justice

Security, social control and the hidden agenda
ByFrances Heidensohn

chapter |13 pages

Chapter 12 The greenest election ever?

BySue Barber

chapter |20 pages

Chapter 13 The view from Scotland

ByRichard Parry

chapter |19 pages

Chapter 14 The view from Northern Ireland

ByEithne McLaughlin

chapter |15 pages

Chapter 15 The view from Wales

ByMichael Sullivan

chapter |25 pages

Chapter 16 A new deal for Britain?

BySusanne MacGregor