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dc.contributor.authorKippin, Seanen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe Co-operative Party, which represents the interests and ideas of the co-operative movement in British politics, has been the sister party of UK Labour since 1927. Largely ignored by scholarship, it has been on occasion the third-largest party grouping in the House of Commons and represents a social movement with formal members numbering in the millions. The unusual Labour/Co-operative relationship was tested during the New Labour period, with the Co-operative Party gradually establishing itself as a trusted sidekick and a source of policy ideas, despite some initial tensions. This article examines two historical instances where the party proved decisive in influencing public policy; the “Thomas Bill” in 2001–2002, and the creation of Co-operative Schools during the 2007–2010 Brown premiership. In each case, the activities of Co-operative Party-linked ‘policy entrepreneurs’ were key in the manufacture and exploitation of ‘windows of opportunity’ for policy change. The paper makes two core conclusions, one empirical: that the Co-operative Party was able to influence New Labour’s public policy direction in keeping with its founding objectives. The second is theoretical: that recent trends in Multiple Streams Analysis are reinforced, and that in smaller policy ‘subsystems’, skilled policy entrepreneurs can play a greater role in the creation of windows of opportunity for policy change than the original theory implies.en_UK
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLCen_UK
dc.relationKippin S (2021) The Co-operative Party and New Labour: a study of policy entrepreneur influence. British Politics.
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dc.subjectCo-operative Partyen_UK
dc.subjectLabour Partyen_UK
dc.subjectPolicy entrepreneursen_UK
dc.subjectMultiple Streams Analysisen_UK
dc.subjectNew Labouren_UK
dc.subjectCo-operative Schoolsen_UK
dc.titleThe Co-operative Party and New Labour: a study of policy entrepreneur influenceen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleBritish Politicsen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
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local.rioxx.authorKippin, Sean|en_UK
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