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

Stephen Farrall and Colin Hay


Three decades after the election of Mrs Thatcher, 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’ was, with some arguing that Thatcherism was more noteworthy for its rhetoric than for its achievements. Indeed, when it came to the welfare state little had changed after 13 years of Thatcherism. Some historians have additionally suggested that other social forces that had existed prior to Thatcher will outlast her. Yet, whichever way one looks at it, t ... More

Keywords: Thatcherism, contemporary political history, British political science, Britain since 1945

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265703
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Farrall, editor
Professor of Criminology, School of Law, University of Sheffield

Colin Hay, editor
Affiliate Professor of Political Analysis, University of Sheffield

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