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New Labour and Thatcherism : Political Change in Britain - Richard Heffernan

New Labour and Thatcherism

Political Change in Britain

Paperback Published: 19th April 2000
ISBN: 9780333949405
Number Of Pages: 249

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Labour's 1997 victory was widely credited to the party's reinvention of itself as New Labour. Richard Heffernan argues that the transformation of the Labour Party is best understood as the product of Thatcherism, and marks the emergence of a new consensus in British politics. Despite Labour's claim to be reapplying traditional values, Tony Blair's politics owe more to neo-liberalism than any traditional social democratic perspective. This wide-ranging and controversial assessment of both Thatcherism and New Labour is used to illustrate a new theory as to how the process of political change takes place in practice.

Industry Reviews

" This book is certain to become a major reference point in the debate on the nature and significance of New Labour." -- Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield
" Richard Heffernan's book offers a comprehensive account of how a new centre-right consensus has become consolidated in contemporary British politics and about how this consensus has come to embrace New Labour. This is a valuable analysis of how political realignment can occur within a continuing party system." -- Peter Mair, University of Leiden

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Exploring Political Changep. 1
Beyond the Thatcher Decade: The Politics of 'New' Labourp. 17
The Politics of Thatcherismp. 29
Explaining Thatcherism: Project and Processp. 47
Modernisation: The Transformation of the Labour Partyp. 65
How and Why Parties Change: Identifying Environmental Contextsp. 85
Party Competition Driven Party Change: The Politics of 'Catch-Up'p. 110
A Theory of Consensus Politicsp. 139
Thatcherism and the Reinvention of Labourp. 159
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780333949405
ISBN-10: 0333949404
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 19th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.97  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1