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Title: The Meaning of Modernisation: New Labour and public sector reform
Author(s): Shaw, Eric
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Editor(s): Callaghan, J
Fishman, N
Jackson, B
McIvor, M
Citation: Shaw E (2009) The Meaning of Modernisation: New Labour and public sector reform. In: Callaghan J, Fishman N, Jackson B & McIvor M (eds.) In Search of Social Democracy: Responses to crisis and modernisation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 147-167.
Keywords: New Labour
public service reform
Labour party
Political parties Great Britain
Labour Party (Great Britain)
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Date Deposited: 20-Sep-2010
Abstract: The chapter proceeds in the following way. Firstly, it briefly outlines the traditional Labour approach to the public services, labelled the ‘professional model’ and the objections lodged to it by New Labour. Secondly, it explores the main contours of the Blair Government’s alternative model, ‘New Labour Managerialism.’ The third and longest section considers the extent to which this new approach has succeeded in promoting its key objective of higher quality, more equitably delivered services in the two central policy sectors of secondary education and healthcare. This is followed by a brief conclusion.
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this book chapter in this Repository. The chapter was first published in In Search of Social Democracy: Responses to crisis and modernisation by Manchester University Press.

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