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An Essay Plan on: 'To what extent, if at all, is New Labour new'.

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An Essay Plan on: 'To what extent, if at all, is New Labour new'. 1. Introduction 1.1 Content: The essay question asks about whether the reforms implemented in the 1990's by Labour are a new phenomenon or a revamp of past policies implemented by other governments in their time. 1.2 Key terms: The idea of Nnew Labour is described by Philip Norton as "A summary label to describe the economic polices devised by the Llabour Pparty in the 1990's to ensure a departure from 'old Labour' economic policy" (Jones 2001, 697). 1.3 Hypothesis/Argument: I will compare and contrast different government policies from various governments at home and abroad. To establish whether New labour is actually newnovel in its initiatives and policies, or whether its various recent policies are sown simply stiched together old concepts to make themselves Labour elect able. ...read more.


2.2 New Labours Policy Shift: * Removal of 'Clause IV' and embracing of the private sector. * Moving away from the idea of low unemployment as an essential aspect of a successful economy, to key concentration on inflation. * Smaller amounts of interference in the economy. * Less emphasis on redistribution via taxation on the rich, and more by the 'invisible hand' of capitalism. * Stronger commitment to cConstitutional reform e.g. Devolution to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, signing up to the European Convention of Human Rights and lastly partial reform of the House of Lords. 2.2 How do New Labours policies differ with Thatcher's policies * The overall economy as whole and how much interference the government should participate in. ...read more.


(Driver 1998, 165) 3. Conclusion 3.1 New Labour appears to have grasped the popular policies from most radical areas of thinking and has dressed them up in spin so that they appear elect able to the British public. 3.2 New Labour does appear to be fairly new in the sense that they have ditched numerous polices of Oold lLabour. 3.3 Even though they are not as such their policies and in that case they can not really be called new(this sentence is not clear...can you improve it). They have managed to keep inflation at a low and stable level, reduced unemployment and have given Britain a larger voice in Europe along with winning two general elections. So in my view the idea of 'what's best works' is a valid argument for agreeing to the fact that New Llabour are truly new. 4. ...read more.

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