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Blue and purple Labour challenges to the welfare state: How should 'statist' social democrats respond?

Beech, Matt; Page, Robert M.

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Robert M. Page

Abstract

This article explores two influential strands of thinking about the welfare state, Blue Labour and Purple Labour, that have emerged following New Labour's defeat at the 2010 General Election. It is argued that although both of these new approaches raise some important issues about the relational and associational dimensions of social welfare as well as diversity and pluralism, those committed to universal and egalitarian goals should not abandon the ‘statist’ social democratic approach to the welfare state.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-07
Journal Social policy and society
Print ISSN 1474-7464
Electronic ISSN 1475-3073
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 341-356
Institution Citation Beech, M., & Page, R. M. (2015). Blue and purple Labour challenges to the welfare state: How should 'statist' social democrats respond?. Social policy and society : a journal of the Social Policy Association, 14(3), 341-356. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1474746414000463
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s1474746414000463
Keywords Blue Labour; Purple Labour; Social democracy; Welfare state
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9748534&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1474746414000463
Copyright Statement ©2015 University of Hull
Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Social policy and society, 2015, v.14, issue 3

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