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Justifying New Labour policy /
Judi Atkins.
imprint
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
xi, 217 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230279112 (hardback), 9780230279117 (hardback)
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imprint
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230279112 (hardback)
9780230279117 (hardback)
contents note
Introduction -- Part I. The Context of Justification: The context of ideology; The context of argumentation; The context of hegemonic competition; Towards an understanding of the dynamics of moral argument in politics -- Part II. Tthe Case of New Labour: The ideology of New Labour; New Labour's welfare reforms: the New Deals; Rights and constitutional reform: the human rights act of 1998; Community: New Labour's policies on anti-social behaviour; Foreign policy: the Iraq War of 2003 -- Conclusion.
abstract
"An original combination of theoretical innovation and a detailed empirical analysis of the ideas, language and policy of New Labour. Politicians often appeal to moral principles and arguments in their efforts to win support for new policy programs. Yet the question of how politicians use moral language has until now been neglected by scholars"--
catalogue key
7664223
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-209) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Judi Atkins is Research Officer in the Department of Politics and Cultural Studies at Swansea University, UK. Her research interests include political argumentation and rhetoric, ideology and British politics, and she has published a number of articles in these areas. She is currently working with Alan Finlayson on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project on British political speech.
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Summaries
Main Description
An original combination of theoretical innovation and a detailed empirical analysis of the ideas, language and policy of New Labour. Politicians often appeal to moral principles and arguments in their efforts to win support for new policy programs. Yet the question of how politicians use moral language has until now been neglected by scholars.
Description for Bookstore
An original combination of theoretical innovation and a detailed empirical analysis of the ideas, language and policy of New Labour
Long Description
Justifying New Labour Policy is an original combination of theoretical innovation and a detailed empirical analysis of the ideas, language and policy of New Labour. Politicians often appeal to moral principles and arguments in their efforts to win support for new policy programmes. Yet the question of how politicians use moral language has to date been neglected by scholars, and this book is a first step towards filling this gap. Judi Atkins proposes a new theoretical framework for exploring the processes by which an argumentative strategy is selected, modified and applied. Such strategies are formed in the light of a party's ideological commitments, the requirements of argumentation in each policy area, and the need to secure hegemonic advantage over an opponent. This framework is rigorously applied to New Labour's moral arguments for the New Deals, the Human Rights Act, its anti-social behaviour agenda and the Iraq war of 2003.
Library of Congress Summary
"An original combination of theoretical innovation and a detailed empirical analysis of the ideas, language and policy of New Labour. Politicians often appeal to moral principles and arguments in their efforts to win support for new policy programs. Yet the question of how politicians use moral language has until now been neglected by scholars"--
Bowker Data Service Summary
An original combination of theoretical innovation and a detailed empirical analysis of the ideas, language and policy of New Labour. Politicians often appeal to moral principles and arguments in their efforts to win support for new policy programmes.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The methodologies employed in current analyses of political discoursep. 2
The structure of the bookp. 8
The Context of Justification
The Context of Ideologyp. 13
The political concept and its constituentsp. 13
The configuration of concepts, or ideologyp. 17
The process of decontestationp. 19
Essential and effective contestabilityp. 21
Some objections to Freeden's approachp. 27
The Context of Argumentationp. 30
The three major traditions of Western moral philosophyp. 30
The use of consequentialist reasoning in political argumentp. 33
How deontological arguments are employed in politicsp. 36
How virtue theory is used in the justification of policyp. 41
Conclusionp. 47
The Context of Hegemonic Competitionp. 49
The key concepts of discourse theoryp. 49
The dynamics of hegemonic competition and 'wars of position'p. 54
The social imaginary and its institutionalizationp. 60
Moral argument and hegemonic politicsp. 65
Conclusionp. 67
Towards an Understanding of the Dynamics of Moral Argument in Politicsp. 69
The theoretical frameworkp. 69
The methodological implications of the frameworkp. 72
Conclusionp. 77
The Case of New Labour
The Ideology of New Labourp. 81
The underlying assumptions of the Third Wayp. 81
The morphology of New Labour's ideological platformp. 83
New Labour's success as a hegemonic projectp. 91
Conclusionp. 97
New Labour's Welfare Reforms: The New Dealsp. 99
New Labour's welfare to work policiesp. 100
The compatibility of the New Deals and their supporting arguments with New Labour's ideological commitmentsp. 103
The moral arguments used to promote the New Dealsp. 106
New Labour's tactics for securing hegemonic advantagep. 109
Conclusionp. 116
Rights and Constitutional Reform: The Human Rights Act of 1998p. 118
The Human Rights Act of 1998p. 119
The compatibility of New Labour's arguments in favour of the Human Rights Act with its ideological platformp. 122
The moral arguments used to win support for the incorporation of the ECHR into UK lawp. 125
New Labour's strategy for achieving hegemonic advantagep. 129
Conclusionp. 136
Community: New Labour's Policies on Anti-Social Behaviourp. 138
New Labour's strategy for tackling anti-social behaviourp. 139
The compatibility of New Labour's case for its anti-social behaviour agenda with its ideological commitmentsp. 141
New Labour's moral arguments in support of its anti-social behaviour policiesp. 145
New Labour's tactics for securing hegemonic advantagep. 148
Conclusionp. 155
Foreign Policy: The Iraq War of 2003p. 157
New Labour's case for the war on Iraqp. 158
The compatibility of New Labour's arguments for the Iraq War with its ideological platformp. 161
New Labour's moral arguments in support of the Iraq Warp. 164
New Labour's strategies for winning hegemonic advantagep. 167
Conclusionp. 174
Conclusionp. 176
The moral arguments employed by the Blair governmentsp. 176
The argumentative strategies of Gordon Brown's governmentp. 179
Political justification and the case of New Labourp. 185
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 196
Indexp. 211
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