With the Conservative Party breaking new ground in forming a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, this book examines the development and content of the Conservatives' approaches to social policy and how they inform the Coalition's policies.
Chapters cover the development of Conservative Party social policy and specific policy areas. The book will be of interest to academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and everyone with an interest in the Conservative Party and the Coalition government's social policies.
Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln. He has published widely in public and social policy, including the politics of social policy.
Contents: Introduction ~ Hugh Bochel; Part one: A Conservative social policy?: The development of Conservative social policy ~ Robert Page; Public expenditure and the mixed economy of welfare ~ Nick Ellison; Conservative social policy and public opinion ~ Andrew Defty; Part two: Policy areas: Health ~ Rob Baggott; Education ~ Stephen Ball; Housing ~ Peter Somerville; Social security ~ Karen Rowlingson; Employment and work ~ Alan Deacon; Adult care ~ Jon Glasby; Children and young people ~ Paul Daniel; Crime and criminal justice ~ Mike Hough; Part three: Governance issues: The Conservatives and social policy in the devolved administrations ~ Richard Parry; Mechanisms/governance of social policy ~ Catherine Bochel; Conclusions ~ Hugh Bochel.