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The politics of public expenditure from Thatcher to Blair

Mullard, Maurice; Swaray, Raymond


Maurice Mullard

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Dr Raymond Swaray
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics


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.


Mullard, M., & Swaray, R. (2006). The politics of public expenditure from Thatcher to Blair. Policy and Politics, 34(3), 495-515.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 31, 2006
Publication Date Jul 3, 2006
Print ISSN 0305-5736
Electronic ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 3
Pages 495-515
Keywords Sociology and Political Science; Public Administration; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
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