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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 new policy institutions

Managing new policy institutions

(p.303) 10 Managing new policy institutions
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

Under Smith the NPF had evoked considerable enthusiasm as a two-way deliberative body but in this chapter it is shown that under Blair there had begun a covert process of managerial interference in its operations. Also revealed is that after 1997 a transformation had already taken place in the agreed new Partnership in Power policy process before the new NPF ever met. In a further extension of the rolling coup, without warning the NEC Policy Committee was not called to meet and the NEC was announced to have devolved its authority to the largely unaccountable Joint Policy Committee. Control, especially over policy development, was deepened by various managerial interventions identified here. On key issues the forum appeared to be under new unbreakable tightknit control including political block votes. But in 2000 rebellion did take place over failure to abide by a key promise made on pensions. It added to union distrust and it resulted in a new assertiveness from a section of the unions which carried over into a party conference crisis.

Keywords:   Enthusiasm under Smith, Change in managerial interference under Blair, Rolling coup extention, Change in authority of NEC, Control, Block votes, Pensions rebellion

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