The contested and contingent outcomes of Thatcherism in the UK

Journal article


Nunn, Alex 2014. The contested and contingent outcomes of Thatcherism in the UK. Capital and Class. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816814530126
AuthorsNunn, Alex
Abstract

The death of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013 sparked a range of discussions and debates about the significance of her period in office and the political project to which she gave her name: Thatcherism. This article argues that Thatcherism is best understood as a symbolically important part of the emergence of first-phase neoliberalism. It engages with contemporary debates about Thatcherism among Marxist commentators and suggests that several apparently divergent positions can help us now reach a more useful analysis of Thatcherism’s short- and long-term outcomes for British political economy. The outcomes identified include: an initial crisis in the neoliberal project in the UK; the transformation of the party political system to be reflective of the politics of neoliberalism, rather than its contestation; long-term attempts at the inculcation of the neoliberal individual; de-industrialisation and financial sector dependence; and a fractured and partially unconscious working class. In all long-term outcomes, the contribution of Thatcherism is best understood as partial and largely negative, in that it cleared the way for a longer-term and more constructive attempt to embed neoliberal political economy. The paper concludes by suggesting that this analysis can inform current debates on the left of British politics about how to oppose and challenge the imposition of neoliberal discipline today.

Year2014
JournalCapital and Class
ISSN3098168
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816814530126
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621508
hdl:10545/621508
Publication dates13 Jun 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Mar 2017, 15:25
ContributorsLeeds Beckett University
Permalink -

https://repository.derby.ac.uk/item/9335w/the-contested-and-contingent-outcomes-of-thatcherism-in-the-uk

  • 6
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

The intellectual and institutional challenges for International Political Economy in the UK: Findings from Practitioner Survey Data
Nunn, Alex and Sheilds, Stuart 2022. The intellectual and institutional challenges for International Political Economy in the UK: Findings from Practitioner Survey Data. Review of International Studies. https://doi.org/10.1017/s026021052100070x
Global Pressures, Household Social Reproduction Strategies and Compound Inequality
Farrall, Stephen, Gray, Emily, Nunn, Alex and Tepe-Belfrage, Daniela 2021. Global Pressures, Household Social Reproduction Strategies and Compound Inequality. New Political Economy. https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2021.2007231
The power of PES partnerships
Davern, Eamonn, Nunn, Alex and Scoppetta, Anette 2021. The power of PES partnerships. European Union. https://doi.org/10.2767/391327
S.H.E.D panel at InDialogue 2019
Jones, Rhiannon, Courage, Cara, Nunn, Alex and Barker, Victoria 2019. S.H.E.D panel at InDialogue 2019. InDialogue.
#ThisIsDerby evaluation report
Dodsley, Thomas, Hargreaves, Charlotte, Nunn, Alex and Price, Sophia 2020. #ThisIsDerby evaluation report. Derby County Community Trust.
Depletion and Subjective Well-Being: Lessons from the UK Coronavirus Lockdown
Nunn, A. and Cowling, M. 2020. Depletion and Subjective Well-Being: Lessons from the UK Coronavirus Lockdown. Global Policy.
Neoliberalisation, fast policy transfer and the management of labor market services
Nunn, Alex 2019. Neoliberalisation, fast policy transfer and the management of labor market services. Review of International Political Economy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2019.1625424
Do employment services need to be neoliberal
Nunn, Alex 2018. Do employment services need to be neoliberal. in: Routledge.
Contested cultures of care: research with and for the plus one community on the plus one experience - evaluation report
Dodsley, Thomas, Manning-Jones, Alix, Nunn, Alex, Bowers-Brown, Tamsin, Benaton, Tonimarie and Murden, Jade 2019. Contested cultures of care: research with and for the plus one community on the plus one experience - evaluation report. Plus One.
The political economy of public employment services: measurement and disempowered empowerment?
Nunn, Alex and Morgan, Jamie 2018. The political economy of public employment services: measurement and disempowered empowerment? Policy Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2018.1540777
Contingent coping? Renegotiating ‘fast’ disciplinary social policy at street level: Implementing the UK Troubled Families Programme.
Hargreaves, Charlotte, Hodgson, Philip, Mohamed, Jayne Noor and Nunn, Alex 2018. Contingent coping? Renegotiating ‘fast’ disciplinary social policy at street level: Implementing the UK Troubled Families Programme. Critical Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018318780094
Trends and developments in PES partnership working.
Nunn, Alex 2015. Trends and developments in PES partnership working. European Commission.
Saving world market society from itself? The new global politics of inequality and the agents of world market society.
Nunn, Alex 2015. Saving world market society from itself? The new global politics of inequality and the agents of world market society. Spectrum: Journal of Global Studies.
The political economy of competitiveness and continuous adjustment in EU meta-governance.
Nunn, Alex and Beeckmans, Paul 2015. The political economy of competitiveness and continuous adjustment in EU meta-governance. International Journal of Public Administration. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2015.1028645
Performance, accountability and links with benchlearning.
Scharle, Ágota, Adamecz, Anna and Nunn, Alex 2017. Performance, accountability and links with benchlearning. European Union.
HS2 skills and employability strategic framework – fast track to inclusive growth across the East Midlands.
Hobson, Chris, Clark, Elaine and Nunn, Alex 2017. HS2 skills and employability strategic framework – fast track to inclusive growth across the East Midlands. East Midlands Councils.
Research on making the most of HS2 investments and connectivity in the EM Labour Market.
Nunn, Alex, Hutchinson, Jo, Hobson, Chris and Clark, Elaine 2017. Research on making the most of HS2 investments and connectivity in the EM Labour Market. East Midlands Councils.
Evaluation of the Performance Management Framework for Jobcentre Plus
Nunn, Alex, Devins, David, Bickerstaffe, Tim and Wymer, Penny 2012. Evaluation of the Performance Management Framework for Jobcentre Plus. HMSO.
International Review of Performance Management Systems in Public Employment Services
Nunn, Alex, Bickerstaffe, Tim and Mitchell, Ben 2010. International Review of Performance Management Systems in Public Employment Services. Department for Work and Pensions.
Managing Neoliberalisation Through the EU-ACP Trade Relationship
Price, Sophia and Nunn, Alex 2016. Managing Neoliberalisation Through the EU-ACP Trade Relationship.
Performance Management in Public Employment Services
Nunn, Alex 2012. Performance Management in Public Employment Services. European Commission.
Early effects of the economic downturn on the Welfare to Work System in deprived areas (WP83)
Nunn, Alex, Bickerstaffe, Tim, Jassi, Sukky and Wymer, Penny 2010. Early effects of the economic downturn on the Welfare to Work System in deprived areas (WP83). Department for Work and Pensions.
The structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibility
Nunn, Alex 2012. The structural contradictions and constraints on corporate social responsibility: Challenges for corporate social irresponsibility. in: Emerald.
Jobcentre Plus Jobseeker's Allowance off-flow rates: Key Management Indicator Post-Implementation Review
Nunn, Alex and Jassi, Sukky 2010. Jobcentre Plus Jobseeker's Allowance off-flow rates: Key Management Indicator Post-Implementation Review. HMSO.
The Role of Skills from Worklessness to Sustainable Employment with Progression: International Case Study Reports
Nunn, Alex, Mailand, Mikkel, Leschke, Janine and Bickerstaffe, Tim 2011. The Role of Skills from Worklessness to Sustainable Employment with Progression: International Case Study Reports. UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
World Society and a World State in the Shadow of the World Market: Democracy and Global Political Economy
Nunn, Alex and Morgan, Jamie 2016. World Society and a World State in the Shadow of the World Market: Democracy and Global Political Economy. in: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
The political economy of competitiveness and social mobility
Nunn, Alex 2012. The political economy of competitiveness and social mobility. British Politics. https://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2011.33
The Role of Skills from Worklessness to Sustainable Employment with Progression
Devins, David, Bickerstaffe, Tim, Nunn, Alex, Mitchell, Ben, McQuaid, Ronald, Egdell, Valerie and Lindsay, Sue 2011. The Role of Skills from Worklessness to Sustainable Employment with Progression. UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
Managing neo-liberalisation through the Sustainable Development Agenda: the EU-ACP trade relationship and world market expansion
Price, Sophia and Nunn, Alex 2017. Managing neo-liberalisation through the Sustainable Development Agenda: the EU-ACP trade relationship and world market expansion. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1287528
The IMF and a new global politics of inequality?
Nunn, Alex and White, Paul 2017. The IMF and a new global politics of inequality? Journal of Australian Political Economy.
Disciplinary social policy and the failing promise of the new middle classes: the troubled families programme
Tepe-Belfrage, Daniela and Nunn, Alex 2016. Disciplinary social policy and the failing promise of the new middle classes: the troubled families programme. Social Policy and Society. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746416000452
The production and reproduction of inequality in the UK in times of austerity
Nunn, Alex 2016. The production and reproduction of inequality in the UK in times of austerity. British Politics. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41293-016-0040-6