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Sacred cows and common sense : the symbolic statecraft and political culture of the British Labour Party

Author: Tim Bale
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, ©1999.
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"Based on interviews and research from previously unavailable party, state and private archives, this volume reflects on the interaction between institutional structure and world-view that we call political culture." "The well-documented research leads to the conclusion that New Labour's much-heralded desire to 'think the unthinkable' about welfare is largely rhetorical if one recalls what Labour did in office  Read more...
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Bale, Tim, 1965-
Sacred cows and common sense.
Aldershot : Ashgate, 1999
(OCoLC)605600793
Online version:
Bale, Tim, 1965-
Sacred cows and common sense.
Aldershot : Ashgate, 1999
(OCoLC)607384103
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Bale
ISBN: 1840147695 9781840147698
OCLC Number: 41581209
Notes: Author works at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Description: ix, 276 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Of frying pans and fires, 1967 --
3. Welfare as weapon --
the symbolic politics of NHS charges, 1951-64 --
4. A two-edged sword --
the symbolic politics of NHS charges, 1964-7 --
5. 'The ritual slaughter of a sacred cow' --
6. The pseudo-event spins out of control --
7. The politics of power and the politics of support --
8. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Tim Bale.

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This text attempts to fuse a realist conception of statecraft, an interpretavist interest in symbols and a predictive comparative model of the interaction between ideology and organization. To do  Read more...

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