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The politics of public expenditure from Thatcher to Blair

Mullard, Maurice; Swaray, Raymond

Authors

Maurice Mullard

Dr Raymond Swaray R.Swaray@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics



Abstract

The central concerns of this study are twofold: first, to analyse the nature of the politics of public expenditure under both the Thatcher and Blair governments and to ask whether changes in government did make a difference. Second, to deal with the more general question on whether major differences exist between the Conservative and Labour governments in prioritising public expenditure programmes since 1948. The results confirm differences in public expenditure priorities between the two main parties. Labour governments are associated with increased spending on health, education, housing and the environment while Conservative governments are associated with increases in defence and law and order.

Citation

Mullard, M., & Swaray, R. (2006). The politics of public expenditure from Thatcher to Blair. Policy and Politics, 34(3), (495-515). doi:10.1332/030557306777695343. ISSN 0305-5736

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 31, 2006
Publication Date Jul 3, 2006
Publicly Available Date
Journal POLICY AND POLITICS
Print ISSN 0305-5736
Electronic ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 3
Pages 495-515
DOI https://doi.org/10.1332/030557306777695343
Keywords Sociology and Political Science; Public Administration; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/396062
Publisher URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/2006/00000034/00000003/art00006?token=00581222554e6b63734f582a2f433e402c3568793c6c567e504f39412f415d7677253e703a2b75423f634277