The Blair Effect 2001–5

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Anthony Seldon, Dennis Kavanagh
Cambridge University Press, Sep 29, 2005 - Political Science
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Tony Blair's strong start to his third term, with his role in capturing the Olympic Games for Britain, his statesman-like handling of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on London, his promise of a new start to the European Union and his leadership of the G8 summit at Gleneagles, has brought his relatively lacklustre second term into sharp relief. The second term should have been the time when New Labour fulfilled its manifesto promises. So what changed between 2001 and 2005 and what was achieved? How far was Blair himself responsible, and what was Gordon Brown's influence? What was the impact of the Iraq war? And what of Blair's policy towards Europe? Anthony Seldon and Dennis Kavanagh gather together leading academics and journalists to provide an authoritative assessment of Blair's second term, including a review of New Labour in government from 1997 to the present.
 

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Contents

The Blair premiership
3
Parliament
20
Elections and public opinion
43
Local and central government
68
Media management
94
The Labour Party
112
The Conservative Party
131
Economic and social policy
157
The health and welfare legacy
283
Equality and social justice
306
Wider relations
337
Europe
362
Tony Blairs foreign
384
the verdict
410
Bibliography
453
Index
467

Mr Blairs British Business Model capital and labour
184
Education
256

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About the author (2005)

Anthony Seldon is the co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History, and is Headmaster of Brighton College and Master Elect of Wellington College. He is the author or editor of over twenty-five books of contemporary history.

Dennis Kavanagh is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool, and a senior scholar of British politics. He is the author of extensive publications including the British Election Survey series.