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Thatcherism : Scope and Limits, 1983-87 - Martin Holmes

Thatcherism

Scope and Limits, 1983-87

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Published: 6th July 1989
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Dr Holmes describes the second phase of the Thatcherite revolution during the 1983-7 government. He argues that Thatcherism is a recognizable political phenomenon which has sought a radical change in economic and social policy but that the pace of change has been uneven. In some areas, such as trade union reform and privatization, reform was seen to be swift and effectively executed. But more subtle opposition within the Conservative party itself, local government, the BBC and among intellectual opinion witnessed the government's philosophy and policy prescriptions wholly or partially blocked. The author concludes that while the nature of Thatcherism is now established the full extent of its effects on British politics and society depends on a variety of variable going beyond the government's arithmetical prliamentary majority. The author has written "Political Pressure and Economic Policy: British Government, 1970-74", "The Labour Government, 1974-79: Political Aims and Economic Reality" and "The First Thatcher Government, 1979-83: Contemporary Conservatism and Economic Change".

'Lucid and well-documented account' - K.Featherstone, British Book News

'In this clear and informed history of the 1974-79 Government Holmes shows how Labour's aspirations constantly encountered the practical limits of economic management' - Albert Whale, Times Higher Educational Supplement

'Dr Holmes is perceptive and fair in his assessment of the leading personalities' - Douglas Jay, Financial Times

'Martin Holmes has written a well-researched book of the period, and as an active participant I have no complaint about the picture he paints, which is a fair one' - Lord Barnett, The House Magazine

Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: THE SCOPE OF THATCHERISM Thatcherism Defined The Scope of Thatcherism and Economic Policy The Scope of Thatcherism and Trade Union Power The Scope of Thatcherism and Privatisation The Scope of Thatcherism and Foreign Policy PART II: THE LIMITS OF THATCHERISM The Limits of Thatcherism and the Conservative Party The Limits of Thatcherism and the British Left The Limits of Thatcherism and Intellectual Opinion The Limits of Thatcherism and Electoral Behaviour Concluding Thoughts Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780333492338
ISBN-10: 0333492331
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 6th July 1989
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1