Mrs Thatcher’s legacy: getting it in perspective

Howard Glennerster

in Social Policy Review 16

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9781847424716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303435 | DOI:
Mrs Thatcher’s legacy: getting it in perspective

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This chapter summarises the four perspectives on Thatcherism. These range from the ‘wicked witch’ theory to the views that not much has really changed. It is argued that there have been important changes in the British welfare state, and that some of these were probably necessary. It considers the challenges posed by the Conservatives to traditional assumptions about the role of the state, the authority of professionals, and the association of universality with uniformity. The chapter also states that the destruction of the industrial base of the UK and the high levels of unemployment associated with it may be too expensive for a partially reorganised welfare state.

Keywords: Thatcherism; welfare state; Conservatives; state; industrial base; unemployment

Chapter.  7721 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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