The Legacy of Thatcherism: Assessing and Exploring Thatcherite Social and Economic Policies

Paperback | March 27, 2014

EditorStephen Farrall, Colin Hay

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Three decades after the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, it is perhaps time to take stock of the concept of "Thatcherism" and the prominent role it has played in the history of post-war Britain. Of course, there is much debate about what Thatcherism actually was or is. Some commentators argue that Thatcherism was more noteworthy for its rhetoric than for its achievements. The welfare state, for example, emerged little changed after eleven years of Thatcherism. Some historians additionallysuggest that other social forces that existed prior to Thatcher will outlast her. Yet, whichever way one looks at it, the Thatcherite project of the 1980s brought about a fundamental reorganisation of much of the UK's social and economic life. Did Thatcherite policies dramatically alter the trajectory of the country's development? Can even long-term and seemingly enduring pathdependencies be altered as dramatically as claimed?. Ought Thatcher's period in office be seen as a "critical juncture" for the UK? This book brings together a range of experts in housing, economics, law and order, education, welfare, families, geography and politics to discuss the enduring legacyof those social and economic policies initiated by the first of the UK's New Right governments (1979-1990).

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Three decades after the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, it is perhaps time to take stock of the concept of "Thatcherism" and the prominent role it has played in the history of post-war Britain. Of course, there is much debate about what Thatcherism actually was or is. Some commentators argue that Thatcherism was more n...

Stephen Farrall is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Sheffield. Previous monographs of his include: Godfrey, B., Cox, D. and Farrall, S. (2011) Serious Criminals: A Historical Study of Habitual Criminals, Clarendon Studies in Criminology, Oxford University Press and Fa...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pagesPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265707

ISBN - 13:9780197265703

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PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE1. Colin Hay and Stephen Farrall: Interrogating and Conceptualising the Legacy of ThatcherismPART TWO: SPECIFIC POLICY DOMAINS2. Helen Thompson: The Thatcherite Economic LegacyPeter Jackson: Commentary: The Long Run Economic Consequences of Mrs Thatcher3. Michael Hill and Alan Walker: What were the lasting effects of Thatcher's Legacy for Social Security? The Burial of Beveridge?Peter Taylor-Gooby: Commentary: What were the lasting effects of Thatcher's legacy for social security? A Commentary4. Peter Dorey: The Legacy of Thatcherism for Education Policies: Markets, Managerialism and Malice (towards Teachers)Ken Jones: Commentary: English Passions: Thatcherism and Schooling5. Ken Murie: The Housing Legacy of ThatcherismPeter Jackson: Commentary: Thatcherism and housing policy: a commentary6. Miriam David: What were the lasting effects of Thatcher's Legacy for Families in the UK?Sarah Childs and Paul Webb: Commentary: Women, the Family and Contemporary Conservative Party Politics: From Thatcher to Cameron7. Stephen Farrall and Will Jennings: Thatcherism and Crime: The Beast that Never Roared?David Downes: Commentary: Thatcherism and Crime: The Beast that Never Roared?: A Commentary8. Danny Dorling: Mapping the Thatcherite Legacy: The human geography of social inequality in Britain since the 1970sChris Philo: Commentary: Mrs Thatcher's iniquitous geographies: why spatial dynamics matter9. Carol Walker: 'Don't cut down the tall poppies': Thatcherism and the Strategy of InequalityAdrian Sinfield: Commentary: Inequality, its persistence and its costsPART THREE: CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS10. Colin Hay and Stephen Farrall: Locating 'Thatcherism' in the 'here and now'