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This text attempts to fuse a realist conception of statecraft, an "interpretavist" interest in symbols and a predictive comparative model of the interaction between ideology and organization. Using Labour's postwar welfare policy, it shows that we need to break down distinctions between the "symbolic" and the "substantial" in politics, that "cultural theory" has potential as a way of understanding party political culture, and that welfare policy has played a crucial but self-defeating role in Labour's efforts to manage itself, win hearts and minds and govern competently. It concludes by arguing that New Labour's attempts to rethink welfare is largely rhetorical if one recalls what Labour did in office rather than promised in opposition. Rather than a serious attempt to confront social realities, the rethink represents a continuation of past practice and a way of signalling the government's "soundnesss" to the market.
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Book Description Ashgate Pub Ltd, 1999. Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP71775589
Book Description Ashgate Pub Ltd, 1999. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP86042575
Book Description Ashgate Publishing Limited, 1999. Condition: Fair. This book has hardback covers. Ex-library, With usual stamps and markings, In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. No dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 4272713