1Compare and contrast the social policies of the Clark Labour Government 1999 2008 with those of the Key Government 2008 present

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Compare and contrast the social policies of the Clark Labour Government (1999-2008) with those of the Key Government (2008-present)

Key Government has many similar ideas as the Clark Labour Government. In order to compare two different governments, we need to know the context of the whole society including economy, politics, culture, international environment. The problems and needs in these society, the causes of diverse problems, the ideology and value of different governments and policies they promote are also significant. In this essay, we are going to discuss the similarities and differences of policies between the Clark Labour Government and the Key Government from the aspect of ideology.

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Actually, the Clark Labour Government got a number of positive outcomes during its days and had achieved an acceleration in the rate of economic growth, the lowest rate of unemployment and the realization of treasury surpluses under the Third Way(Cheyne, O’Brien & Belgrave, 2008).

On the other hand, under the economy background of global financial crisis and economic recession in New Zealand, the Key Government took over the government from the Clark Labour Government in 2008. Being different from Clark Labour Government, the Key Government has been considered as a practitioner of neo-liberalism. Neo-liberalism has been defined by David Harvey (2005, p2)as :

“ a theory of political economic practices that proposes that human well-being can best be advanced by liberating individual entrepreneurial freedoms and skills within an institutional framework characterized by strong private property rights, free markets and free trade. ”

There is no doubt that neo-liberals In belief, the state’s intervention will really destroy freedoms, equalities, and liberties, this intervention can only emerge when necessary, and individuals should not depend on government services but to take responsibilities for themselves, according to neo-liberals’ views.

While asserting the flexibility of

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