This book explores the issue of trust in relation to the British state under New Labour which was raised most acutely around foreign policy matters, particularly Britain's role in the invasion of Iraq. From this starting point the stewardship of New Labour is evaluated in terms of the notion of active citizenship and from the perspective of writers working in a range of agencies and policy areas, including health, community development, social security and criminal justice.
List of Figures and Tables; Foreword by Professor Malcolm Williams; Acknowledgements; 1. Evaluating New Labour's social and public policy within the conceptual framework of trust; 2. Because they lied? New Labour, Iraq's WMD and trust; 3. Active citizenship and the pursuit of trust; 4. Trusting in the future? New Labour's pensions; 5. Teenage pregnancy and young parenthood: questioning the inevitability of risk, lone motherhood and social exclusion; 6. Trust me I'm a politician? The NHS and New Labour Reforms; 7. Controlling practice: New Labour's management, audit and 'what works' approach to controlling the 'untrustworthy' professions; 8. New Labour: Trust, equality of opportunity and diversity; 9. New Labour: The challenge of community participation; 10. The role of trust within regeneration partnership arrangements: Does New Labour's 'managerialist' philosophical approach undermine trust in partnership arrangements?; 11. Trust New Labour to reduce crime? An evaluation of two burglary reduction initiatives; 12. Empowerment or disempowerment?: New Labour Domestic Violence and the Crime and Victims Act 2004; 13. Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships: Left realism writ large or a vehicle for New Labour control?; 14. Concluding thoughts: Newer Labour and the implications for trust; References; Index.