The New Labour Government has placed great emphasis on service delivery. It has provided performance information in the form of Annual Reports, Public Service Agreements, Performance Assessment Frameworks, and a host of other targets. But has New Labour delivered on its welfare reform?
Evaluating New Labour's welfare reforms:
provides the first detailed and comprehensive examination of the welfare reforms of New Labour's first term;
compares achievements with stated aims;
examines success in the wider context;
contributes to the debate on the problems of evaluating social policy.
It is essential reading for academics and students of social policy and provides important information for academics and students in a wide range of areas such as politics, sociology, public policy, public administration and public management interested in welfare reform and policy evaluation.
Martin Powell is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. His edited text on 'New Labour, New Welfare State?' (Policy Press, 1999) is one of the best known accounts of recent social policy reforms.
Contents: Introduction ~ Martin Powell; New Labour and social justice ~ Martin Powell; Evaluating New Labour's accountability reforms ~ John Rouse and George Smith; Evaluating New Labour's approach to independent welfare provision ~ Edward Brunsdon and Margaret May; Children, families and New Labour: developing family policy ~ Jane Millar and Tess Ridge; Safe as houses? Housing policy under New Labour ~ Brian Lund; Cheques and checks: New Labour's record on the NHS ~ Calum Paton; A decent education for all? ~ Rajani Naidoo and Yolande Muschamp; New Labour and social care: continuity or change? ~ Mark Baldwin; New Labour and the redefinition of social security ~ Martin Hewitt; Toughing it out: New Labour's criminal record ~ Sarah Charman and Stephen P. Savage; Conclusion ~ Martin Powell.