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Justifying New Labour Policy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Judi Atkins
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Context of Justification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Judi Atkins
      Pages 13-29
    3. Judi Atkins
      Pages 30-48
    4. Judi Atkins
      Pages 49-68
  4. The Case of New Labour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Judi Atkins
      Pages 81-98
    3. Judi Atkins
      Pages 157-175
  5. Conclusion

    1. Judi Atkins
      Pages 176-188
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-217

About this book


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 until now been neglected by scholars.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political and Cultural StudiesSwansea UniversityUK

About the authors

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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