Introduction to Part II
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In this part we turn to the contemporary social policy environment and to ﬁve aspects in particular. The climate for much government activity, and more especially social policy, since the mid-1970s has been one of great turmoil. The welfare state in Britain has undergone a crisis of conﬁdence, brought about largely by external factors. This led in the 1980s and 1990s to a reassessment of its own position within the British polity, including revision of the role of government itself and a re-evaluation of how governments ﬁnance, structure and deliver public services.