Clear Blue Water?

The Conservative Party and the Welfare State Since 1940

Robert M. Page

Clear Blue Water?

Robert M. Page

Distributed for Bristol University Press

176 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781847429865 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In Clear Blue Water?, Robert M. Page takes an authoritative look at the policies and politics of Britain’s Conservative Party to discover if it has developed a distinctive approach to the postwar welfare state. He begins with the progressive One Nation Conservatism wing of the party, exploring how it strove to embrace the features of the welfare state that were compatible with its underlying philosophy. Page then turns to the neoliberal conservatives, who sought to undo the welfare state, before placing the spotlight on the strategy behind David Cameron’s progressive neoliberal conservative version. Weaving a broad historical thread throughout, this timely, accessible book will be a valuable resource for students in social policy, politics, and social history.
About the author

One: Conservativism, the 'modern' Conservative Party and the welfare state

Two: From war to peace: the Conservatives adn the welfare state in the 1940s

Three: Towards a One Nation Conservative welfare state? The Conservatives and the welfare state, 1950-64

Four: The Health 'interregnum': modern technocratic Conservativism and the welfare state, 1965-74

Five: The Conservative (counter-) revolution: neo-liberal Conservatism and the welfare state, 1974-97

Six: Progressive neo-liberal Conservatism and the welfare state, 2005 - 2015

Epilogue: The Conservative Party and the welfare state: clear blue water?


Appendix: Selected ministerial posts in Conservative and conservative-led governments, 1940-2015

Review Quotes
Citizen’s Income Newsletter
“A thorough and detailed survey that will be of considerable benefit to anyone trying to understand the background to the present government’s social policy agenda.”
Twentieth Century British History
“A useful and welcome addition to the literature on welfare and on party politics in the United Kingdom.”
Cercles Reviews
“Page helps foster a deeper understanding of the issues at stake and succeeds in dispelling some widely held myths about Conservative policy in this area.”
Political Studies Review
“Fluently written and with credible arguments embracing historical, political, and ideological perspectives.”
Hugh Bochel, University of Lincoln (UK)
"A comprehensive, informative, and accessible account of the Conservative Party’s relationship with the welfare state in the period from Churchill to Cameron."
Kevin Hickson, University of Liverpool (UK)
"An excellent book tracing the underlying political ideology and strategy of contemporary Conservatism towards the welfare state and plac[ing] it in a broader historical context. I recommend this book to academics, students, and policy makers alike."
Matt Beech, director of the Centre for British Politics, University of Hull (UK)
"Page has written an important book which combines the history of British Conservative ideas on the welfare state with critical policy analysis. An invaluable source for scholars and students alike."
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