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The Blair SupremacyA study in the politics of Labour's party management$
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Lewis Minkin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073793

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073793.001.0001

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Managing policy relations with business and unions

Managing policy relations with business and unions

(p.266) 9 Managing policy relations with business and unions
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

Traced in this chapter is a major change with only limited indications to the party of what was involved in the development. Instrumental ‘New Labour’ moves to make relations with business more equal with those of the unions took on a new socio-psychological dimension and a change in affinity. This encouraged the sharing of business perspectives, difficulties and aspirations, and Blair’s further disparagement of relations with the unions. As Blair had argued, an amended minimum wage proposal acceptable to business did embed it in British political and industrial life; but for reasons given here this failed to encourage a move to a broader agenda of national economic and social partnership. Although, in an extension to the rolling coup, a separate business election manifesto emerged without party approval, attempts to build business representation into the Labour Party itself were thwarted and it never became ‘Labour PLC’. Those important contrasting developments are explored and explained.

Keywords:   Limited party indications, Unexpected scale of change, Business affinity, Union disparagement, Minimum wage policy amendment, Rolling coup extension, Contrasting developments

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