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New Labour and paid work: a break with the past?

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New Labour's approach to paid work has much in common with older Labour traditions. New Labour continues to accept that paid work is the most effective means of securing economic and social well-being, and that work incentives and obligations should be maintained. However, New Labour's enthusiasm for the market and its more circumspect approach towards collectivism represent significant changes of direction. By adopting a work first welfare strategy, New Labour has downplayed the structural causes of worklessness and undermined the citizenship rights of many of those who are currently disconnected from the workplace.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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