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The Legacy of ThatcherismAssessing and Exploring Thatcherite Social and Economic Policies$
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Stephen Farrall and Colin Hay

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265703

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265703.001.0001

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What were the lasting effects of Thatcher’s legacy for families in the UK?

What were the lasting effects of Thatcher’s legacy for families in the UK?

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The Legacy of Thatcherism

Miriam E. David

British Academy

This chapter reviews the ways family policies in relation to gender (mothers and fathers) were developed under the three separate Thatcher administrations (1979–90). It then considers how these approaches to mothers as lone or single parents and as working mothers around childcare and education were continued under subsequent administrations. A focus on individualization and personalization is seen to be the key legacy of Thatcherism for families in the UK. Despite the socio-political and economic transformations in the twenty-first century, a continuing emphasis on mothers’ responsibilities for children and family remains, although differentiated by social class and disadvantage.

Keywords:   Family, mothers, care, education, employment, gender

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