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New Labour: Trust, equality of opportunity

Johns, Nicholas and Jordan, Bill 2009. New Labour: Trust, equality of opportunity. Social and Public Policy Review 1 (1) , pp. 1-20.

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This article compares the Third Way agenda on issues of inclusion, citizenship and cohesion with the new focus in political and economic debate on issues of Well-Being and happiness. Essentially, we maintain that individualistic devices such as equal opportunities are artefacts of a political culture and a social order that runs counter to the achievement of ‘trust culture’ as defined by Stzompka (2002). Further, we argue that equality of opportunity is a feature of society that cannot be squared with trust, largely because it operates against a background of distrust and on the belief that society must be driven by wealth and property ownership. Our contention is that Third Way politics (the last bastion of Thatcherism) is in no position to drive British society towards a culture based on trust, and that happiness and collective Well-Being require economic relations to be subordinate to the interests of humanity rather than the other way around.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: University of Plymouth Press
ISSN: 1752-704X
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