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The antagonisms of choice: New Labour and the reform of public services

Clarke, John; Newman, Janet and Westmarland, Louise (2008). The antagonisms of choice: New Labour and the reform of public services. Social Policy and Society, 7(2) pp. 245–253.

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Choice has emerged as a key idea for the reform of public services in the UK and internationally. This paper explores three sets of problems in the analysis of choice in public policy. First, at what level should we be studying choice (specific mechanisms, national politics, transnational processes and travelling ideas)? Second, what sorts of tendencies, forces and discourses are being mobilised through the politics of choice? Third, we examine the 'antagonisms of choice': exploring the different and possibly divergent political conflicts that surround choice in public policy. We examine three types of antagonism: around inequalities, power and publicness.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1474-7464
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 17471
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 14:34
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 20:00
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