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A new era for social policy: a new enlightenment or a new leviathan?

Glennerster, Howard and Power, Anne and Travers, Tony (1991) A new era for social policy: a new enlightenment or a new leviathan? Journal of Social Policy, 20 (3). pp. 389-414. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279400018936


A succession of Acts of Parliament passed between 1988 and 1990 mark the most decisive break in British social policy since the period between 1944 and 1948. This paper examines the extent to which common principles underlie this legislation. One of the most important common elements has been the reduction in the powers of local government and in the presumption that local authorities should be the main providers of social welfare outside the social security system. Schools, housing estates and social care services are to be given greater powers to run themselves or to become separate organisations. Local authorities are to use their resources to fund and contract with external agencies. The possible outcomes of this change in governance are discussed.

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Additional Information: © 1991 Cambridge University Press
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Government
Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > LSE Housing
Research centres and groups > LSE London Centre for Urban and Metropolitan Research
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008 13:19
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 08:52

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