There Is No Alternative:
The Political Economy Of Thatcherism
Material arranged in reverse chronological order, i.e. with the newest postings first:
2005/6 (still ‘resting’, Leverhulme-funded research leave)
25.10.05 A further mid-term critical assessment of the
economic record (seminar 20 para 184.108.40.206):
Wells, J.R. (1991) ‘Britain in the 1990s: the legacy of Thatcherism’, in J. Cornwall (ed.) (1991) The capitalist economies: prospects for the 1990s. Aldershot: Edward Elgar, pp. 171-200.
Also just published (and a welcome global interpretation):
Harvey, D.R. (2005) A brief history of neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
06.10.05 Recent reading includes:
Bell, P. (2004) The Labour Party in opposition, 1970-1974. London: Routledge.
Heppell, T. (2005) ‘Ideology and ministerial allocation in the Major government, 1992-1997’, Politics, 25 (3), pp. 144-52.
Marsh, D. and Savigny, H. (2005) ‘Changes in trade union-government relations, 1974-2002’, Politics, 25 (3), pp. 165-74.
McLean, I., McMillan, A. and Leech, D. (2005) ‘Duverger's law, Penrose's power index and the unity of the UK’, Political Studies, 53 (3), pp. 457-76.
Heppell, T. and Hill, M. (2005) ‘Ideological typologies of contemporary British Conservatism’, Political Studies Review, 3 (3), pp. 335-55.
Budd, A. (2005) Black Wednesday: a re-examination of Britain's experience in the exchange rate mechanism. London: IEA.
The latest issue of Twentieth Century British History has an excellent review of three recent biographies of Thatcher:
Green, E.H.H. (2005) ‘Review [of Maddox 2003, Cape 2003 and Sergeant 1994]’, Twentieth Century British History, 16 (3), pp. 342-47.
The TLS, 9 September 2005, pp. 22-3 carries a long and perceptive review of Freedman (2005), the two-volume official history of the Falklands Campaign.
04.10.05 Just published:
Seldon, A. (ed.) (2005) The Blair effect, 2001-5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [The latest in the series]
Hayter, D. (2005) Fightback!: Labour's traditional right in the 1970s and 1980s. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
2004/5 (‘resting’ whilst on research leave)
27.07.05 The BEPP noticeboard of same date carries some useful items on
monetary policy and on recent productivity performance. In addition, on the
Hennessy, P. (2005) ‘Informality and circumspection: the Blair style of government in war and peace’, Political Quarterly, 76 (1), pp. 3-11.
Stephens, P. (2005) ‘Britain and Europe: an unforgettable past and an unavoidable future’, Political Quarterly, 76 (1), pp. 12-21.
21.07.05 At last a deeper reading of Downs (1957) and a useful application:
Hindmoor, A. (2005) ‘Reading Downs: New Labour and An economic theory of democracy’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 7 (3), pp. 402-17.
18.07.05 Finally published and, to judge from The Economist review (16.07.05,
p. 81), hard-hitting in its judgements:
Freedman, L. (2005) The official history of the Falklands campaign, 2 vols. London: Routledge.
17.06.05 A NIESR assessment of Labour’s economic record since 1997:
Barrell, R. et al. (2005) ‘The Labour government's economic record and economic prospects’, National Institute Economic Review, 192 (April), pp. 4-10.
Michael Oliver has drawn my attention to the following:
Meyer, T. and Minford, A.P.L. (2004) ‘Monetarism: a retrospective’, World Economics, 5 (2), pp. 147-85.
which brought forth in the next issue a series of responses:
Meltzer, A.H. (2004) ‘Monetarism revisited’, World Economics, 5 (3), pp. 161-4.
Desai, M. (2004) ‘Monetarism: a response’, World Economics, 5 (3), pp. 165-70. [Vintage Desai]
Haldane, A.G. (2004) ‘Monetarism in retrospect - and prospect’, World Economics, 5 (3), pp. 171-78.
Congdon, T.G. (2004) ‘Monetarism: a rejoinder’, World Economics, 5 (3), pp. 179-97.
13.05.05 The latest Oxford Review of Economic Policy is on the new
energy paradigm and includes:
Waddams Price, C. (2005) ‘The effect of liberalizing UK retail energy markets on consumers’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 21 (1), pp. 128-44.
20.04.05 The latest issue of the British Journal of Politics &
International Relations (vol. 7.2 May 2005) reports a political forecasting
symposium on the 2005 general election. The lead paper is:
Lewis-Beck, M.S. (2005) ‘Election forecasting: principles and practice’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 7 (2), pp. 145-64.
Sanders, D. (2005) ‘Popularity function forecasts for the 2005 UK general election’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 7 (2), pp. 174-90.
provides forecasts for a June 2005 election of vote shares as follows:
Labour 38 (range 36-40)
Conservatives 31 (range 29-33)
Liberal Democrat 22 (range 20-24)
in short a clear Labour victory, but with large standard errors on the econometrics there is a strong note of caution here.
15.04.05 A clutch of new ‘Thatcherism’ books and other election-related works:
The latest issue of The Economist (9-15 April 2005) has a special briefing on the 05.05.05 general election, including extensive analysis of New Labour’s economic record and its longer-term significance.
An update on the volume they did for the 2001 election:
Toynbee, P. and Walker, D. (2005) Better or worse?: has Labour delivered?, London: Bloomsbury.
O’Hara, K. (2005) After Blair: Conservatism beyond Thatcher. Cambridge: Icon Books.
Sergeant, J. (2005) Maggie: her fatal legacy. London: Macmillan.
Roy, S. and Clarke, J. (eds) (2005) Margaret Thatcher's revolution: how it happened and what it meant. London: Continuum.
Fry, G.K. (2004) The politics of decline: an interpretation of British politics from the 1940s to the 1970s. London: Palgrave. Acording to the blurb it offers a new interpretation ‘of what went wrong that owes nothing to the conventional wisdom.’
06.04.05 New/imminent publications, all ordered for library:
Addison, P. and Jones, H. (eds) (2005) A companion to contemporary Britain, 1939-2000. Oxford: Blackwell.
Foster, C. (2005) British government in crisis. Oxford: Hart
Green, E.H.H. (2005) Thatcher. London: Hodder Arnold.
Hickson, K. (ed.) (2005) The political thought of the Conservative Party since 1945. London: Palgrave..
Woodward, N.W.C. (2004) The management of the British economy, 1945-2001. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
15.03.05 Likely to be important:
Minford, A.P.L., Mahambare, V. and Nowell, E. (2005) Should Britain leave the EU?: an economic analysis of a troubled relationship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
09.03.05 The latest issue of World Economy contains a useful paper on
how and why two leading British economists disagree about the wisdom of Britain
abandoning sterling in favour of the euro:
Mulhearn, C. and Vane, H.R. (2005) ‘The UK and the Euro: debating the British decision’, World Economy, 28 (2), pp. 243-58.
08.03.05 Recent issues of Parliamentary Affairs carry a number of papers
Theakston, K. (2005) ‘Prime Ministers and the constitution: Attlee to Blair’, Parliamentary Affairs, 58 (1), pp. 17-37.
Norton, P. (2004) ‘Regulating the regulatory state’, Parliamentary Affairs, 57 (4), pp. 785-99.
Kellner, P. (2004) ‘Britain's culture of detachment’, Parliamentary Affairs, 57 (4), pp. 830-43.
03.03.05 A major study of the privatisation programme:
Florio, M. (2004) The great divestiture: evaluating the welfare inmpact of the British privatisation, 1979-1997. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. On Order
New Labour policy credibility:
Clift, B. and Tomlinson, J.D. (2004) ‘Fiscal policy and capital mobility: the construction of economic policy rectitude in Britain and France’, New Political Economy, 9 (4), pp. 515-37. Serial HB1.N58
02.03.05 The case for a Fiscal Policy Committee to complement the Monetary
Wyplosz, C. (2005) ‘Fiscal policy: institutions versus rules’, National Institute Economic Review, 191 (January), pp. 64-78. Statistics HA1134.N2
20.01.05 An assessment of New Labour’s record on poverty and social exclusion:
Hills, J. and Stewart, K. (eds) (2005) A more equal society?: New Labour, poverty, inequality and exclusion. Cambridge: Polity Press
19.01.05 Looks interesting as a study of how the European issue has impacted on
British politics znd vice versa:
Aspinwall, M. (2004) Rethinking Britain and Europe: plurality elections, party management and British policy on European integration. Manchester: Manchester University Press. D1065.G7 ASP
24.12.04 The latest Political Quarterly contains a
series of papers on the current state of the Conservative Party:
Wright, A. and Gamble, A.M. (2004) ‘The natural party of government?’, Political Quarterly, 75 (4), pp. 345-6.
Kelly, R. (2004) ‘Introduction: the Conservative Party since 2001’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 347-9.
Broughton, D. (2004) ‘Doomed to defeat?: electoral support and the Conservative Party’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 350-5.
Cowley, P. and Stuart, M. (2004) ‘Still causing trouble: the Conservative parliamentary party’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 356-61.
Roth, A.E. (2004) ‘Michael Howard: the first jewish prime minister?’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 362-6.
Garnett, M. (2004) ‘The free economy and the schizophrenic state: ideology and the Conservatives’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 367-72.
Dorey, P. (2004) ‘Attention to detail: the Conservative policy agenda’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 373-7.
Clark, G. and Kelly, S. (2004) ‘Echoes of Butler?: The Conservative Research Department and the making of Conservative policy’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 378-82.
Evans, T. (2004) ‘Conservative economics and globalisation’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 383-5.
Lynch, F. (2004) ‘Saving the union: Conservatives and the "celtic fringe"’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 386-91.
Lees-Marshment, J. (2004) ‘Mis-marketing the Conservatives: the limitations of style over substance’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 392-7.
Kelly, R. (2004) ‘The extra-Parliamentary Tory party: McKenzie revisited’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 398-404.
Fisher, J. (2004) ‘Money matters: the financing of the Conservative Party’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 405-10.
Snowdon, P. and Collings, D. (2004) ‘Déjà vu?:
Conservative problems in historical perspective’, Political Quarterly,
75 (3), pp. 411-16.
25.11.04 Somehow I seemed to have missed this one; relevant
for concluding assessments of Thatcherism:
Hodgson, G. (1984) ‘Thatcherism: the miracle that never happened?’, in E.J. Nell (ed.) (1984) Free market conservatism: a critique of theory and practice. London: George Allen & Unwin, pp. 184-208. HB171 FRE
13.11.04 A good survey of taxation trends from the 1970s to
the late 1990s:
Hills, J. (2000) ‘Taxation for the enabling state’, in N. Fraser and J. Hills (eds) (2000) Public policy for the 21st century: social and economic essays in memory of Henry Neuberger. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 115-41. HC256.6 PUB
03.11.04 Dolowitz’s (2004) paper on the Blair government’s
economic policies has provoked a response of interest:
Watson, M. (2004) ‘Endogenous growth theory: explanation or post hoc rationalisation for policy?’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 6 (4), pp. 543-51. SerialJA1.B73
13.09.04 The IEA’s latest Economic Affairs has a themed
issue on privatisation. The two principal papers are:
Parker, D. (2004) ‘Editorial: lessons from privatisation’, Economic Affairs, 24 (3), pp. 2-8. . Serial HB1.J54
Ricketts, M. (2004) ‘Further lessons from privatisation’, Economic Affairs, 24 (3), pp. 9-14. . Serial HB1.J54
Parker also has a much fuller study:
Parker, D. (2004) ‘The UK's privatisation experiment: the passage of time permits a sober assessment’, CESifo Working Paper, 1126. Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=514224
A paper on health service reform which addresses Jessop’s Post-Fordist thesis has wider applications:
Greener, I. (2004) ‘Health service organization in the UK: a political economy approach’, Public Administration, 82 (3), pp. 657-76. Serial JA1.J69
while the following is an interesting cohort analysis which lends support to those concerned about the health of British democracy after the abnormally low turnout for the 2001 general election:
Phelps, E.S. (2004) ‘Young citizens and changing electoral turnout, 1964-2001’, Political Quarterly, 75 (3), pp. 238-48. Serial JA1.P59
04.08.04 A continuation of Foley’s work on presidentialism in
Foley, M. (2004) ‘Presidential attribution as an agency of prime ministerial critique in a parliamentary democracy: the case of Tony Blair’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 6 (3), pp. 292-311. SerialJA1.B73
03.08.04 A major new work which will become the standard
account for some time to come, especially on labour market reforms:
Card, D., Blundell, R. and Freeman, R.B. (eds) (2004) Seeking a premier economy: the economic effects of British economic reforms, 1980-2000. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. On Order
20.07.04 For the privatisation seminar:
Stevens, R. (2004) ‘The evolution of privatisation as an electoral policy, c.1970-90’, Contemporary British History, 18 (2), pp. 47-75. Serial DA588.C6
2003/4 (Year 4)
05.07.04 Recent publications:
Seldon, A. (2004) Blair. London: Free Press. [The first biography by a professional historian] On Order
Garnett, M. and Lynch, P. (eds) (2003) The Conservatives in crisis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [A useful collection of the assessments of politicians, academics and journalists] On Order
Laybourn, K. and Collette, C.F. (eds) (2003) Modern Britain since 1979: a reader. London: I.B. Taurus. On Order
30.06.04 Recent publications:
Cronin, J. (2004) New Labour’s past: the Labour Party and its discontents. London: Pearson. On Order
Dorling, D. and Thomas, B. (2004) People and places: a 2001 census atlas of the UK. Bristol: Policy Press. [Part of a continuing research programme by geographers into growing inequalities in contemporary Britain] On Order
25.06.04 The latest Fiscal Studies has a couple of
empirically rich papers on inequality over the last two decades or so:
Machin, S. and Vignoles, A. (2004) ‘Educational inequality: the widening socio-economic gap’, Fiscal Studies, 25 (2), pp. 107-28. Serial HJ2240.F5
Clarke, T. and Leicester, A. (2004) ‘Inequality and two decades of British tax and benefit reforms’, Fiscal Studies, 25 (2), pp. 129-58. Serial HJ2240.F5
23.06.04 The latest Political Studies has the following
paper which concludes that constituency campaigning can be decisive:
Denver, D., Hands, G. and MacAllister, I. (2004) ‘The electoral impact of constituency campaigning in Britain, 1992-2001’, Political Studies, 52 (2), pp. 289-306
11.06.04 A rare comparative study which also integrates the economic and issue
Blais, A. et al. (2004) ‘Which matters most?: comparing the impact of issues and the economy in American, British and Canadian elections’, British Journal of Political Science, 34 (3), pp. 555-63dd.
Two new items on New Labour’s economic policy since 1997:
Buckler, S. (2004) ‘Can fair be efficient?: New Labour, social liberalism and British economic policy’, New Political Economy, 9 (1), pp. 23-38. Serial HB1.N58
Hay, C. (2004) ‘Credibility, competitiveness and the business cycle in “Third Way” political economy: a critical evaluation of economic policy in Britain since 1997’, New Political Economy, 9 (1), pp. 39-56. Serial HB1.N58
01.06.04 Bevir and Rhodes have drawn together the strands of
their recent work on governance into:
Bevir, M. and Rhodes, R.A.W. (2003) Interpreting British governance. London: Routledge. On Order
This is the subject of a symposium on the interpretative approach in political science (including a response from Bevir and Rhodes to their critics) in the latest issue of British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 6.2 (2004), pp. 129–64. SerialJA1.B73 This journal also contains the following which argues strongly for coherence in Labour’s economic policies since 1994:
Dolowitz, D.P. (2004) ‘Prosperity and fairness?: can New Labour bring fairness to the 21st century by following the dictates of endogenous growth?’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 6 (2), pp. 213-30. SerialJA1.B73
15.04.04 The latest issue of Electoral Studies
contains a number of papers of interest, beginning with Lewis-Beck et al.
(2004) – which extends forecasting back to 1955 – and three responses therein:
Lewis-Beck, M.S., Nadeau, R. and Belanger, E. (2004) ‘General election forecasts in the United Kingdom: a political economy model’, Electoral Studies, 23 (2), pp. 279-90.
Murghan, A. (2004) ‘Forecasting and the outcome of the 2001 general election’, Electoral Studies, 23 (2), pp. 291-6.
Norpoth, H. (2004) ‘Forecasting British elections: a dynamic perspective’, Electoral Studies, 23 (2), pp. 297-305.
Sanders, D. (2004) ‘Vote functions and popularity functions in British politics’, Electoral Studies, 23 (2), pp. 307-13.
29.03.04 New books, just out or imminent:
Seldon, A. and Hickson, K. (eds) (2004) New Labour, Old Labour: The Wilson and Callaghan Governments 1974-1979. London: Routledge.
Plant, R., Beech, M. and Hickson, K. (eds) (2004) The struggle for Labour's soul: understanding Labour's political thought since 1945. London: Routledge.
26.03.04 Finally published in paperback and a ‘must read’ for
those who want to get to grips with the psephology:
Clarke, H.D. et al. (2004) Political choice in Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Also noteworthy: a
new edition of Evans and – have not yet read and therefore can’t comment on
quality – a collection deriving from a conference on Thatcher’s legacy (which
she attended and provides an introduction to the published version):
Evans, E.J. (2004) Thatcher and Thatcherism, 2nd edn. London: Routledge.
Pugliese, S. (ed.) (2004) The political legacy of Margaret Thatcher. London: Politico’s.
01.03.04 A few items to add to the reading list for seminar 9
Megginson, W.L. and Netter, J.M. (2001) ‘From state to market: a survey of empirical studies on privatisation’, Journal of Economic Literature, 39 (2), pp. 321-89. [Global in scope, this is the most recent detailed and comprehensive assessment of privatisation]. Other papers by Megginson are available from his web site:
Parker, D. and Martin, S. (1995) ‘The impact of UK privatisation on labour and total factor productivity’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 42 (2), pp. 201-20. SerialHB1.S3
Martin, S. and Parker, D. (1997) The impact of privatisation: ownership and corporate performance in the UK. London: Routledge. HD4145 MAR
29.01.04 On the post-ERM macro policy framework you will find
the following useful:
Barrell, R. and Weale, M.R. (2003) ‘Designing and choosing macroeconomic frameworks: the position of the UK after four years of the euro’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 19 (1), pp. 132-48
17.11.03 The Thatcher Foundation has recently done a lot of
development work to place on line key items from the Thatcher archives (now
being developed and catalogued at Churchill College, Cambridge). For the
Thatcher Foundation; see
Mike Oliver tells me that the Churchill College archivist, Chris Collins, has made a particular effort to ensure that as many of Thatcher’s ‘economic’ papers have been digitalised as possible and thus available on line.
10.11.03 The latest issue of the European Journal of
Political Economy has a couple of pieces that caught my eye for,
respectively, the issues of public opinion on tax and spend and on the Laffer
curve in comparative perspective:
Gemmell, N. et al. (2003) ‘Tax perceptions and the demand for public expenditure: evidence from UK micro-data’, European Journal of Political Economy, 19 (4), pp. 793-816.
Hansson, A. and Stuart, C. (2003) ‘Peaking of fiscal sizes of government’, European Journal of Political Economy, 19 (4), pp. 669-84.
05.11.03 Just published and on order for the library, an
update on Ludlam and Smith’s (2000) mid-term assessment of New Labour’s first
Ludlam, S. and Smith, M.J. (2003) Governing as New Labour: policy and politics under Blair. London: Palgrave.
22.10.03 The second volume of Campbell’s biography of Thatcher
has just been published. A copy is on order for the library; meanwhile, have a
look at the reviews now appearing (the latest I’ve read is Douglas Hurd’s in
last week’s New Statesman):
Campbell, J. (2003) Margaret Thatcher. Vol. II: The iron lady. London: Jonathan Cape. On Order
20.10.03 Michael Oliver, author of a number of recent works on
the monetarist policy experiment, including Monetarism under Thatcher
(2001, co-authored with Gordon Pepper), informs me that his project to digitalise
Pepper’s Greenwell Monetary Bulletins is progressing, with the first
hundred of these (covering 1968-76) now available on line as pdf files. They
can be accessed from:
Oliver intends that the remainder of the Bulletins, which run through to 1989, will be available by Christmas.
29.09.03 Michael Foley, who has written on the rise of the
British presidency, has a new book of considerable interest:
Foley, M. (2003) John Major, Tony Blair and a conflict of leadership: collision course. Manchester: Manchester University Press. On Order
also of interest on the subject, and as indication of cutting-edge quantitative political science:
Whiteley, P.F. and Seyd, P. (2003) High-intensity participation: the dynamics of party activism in Britain. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. On Order
24.09.03 A basic introduction to the Euro choice for Britain,
combined with a broad historical analysis of Britain and/in Europe, is offered
Blair, A. (2002) Saving the pound?: Britain's road to monetary union. London: Longman. HG939.5 BLA
08.09.03 Some more relevant papers from Electoral Studies:
Sanders, D. (2003) ‘Party identification, economic perceptions and voting in British general elections, 1974-97’, Electoral Studies, 22 (2), pp. 239-63.
Sanders, D. (2003) ‘Pre-election polling in Britain, 1950-1997’, Electoral Studies, 22 (1), pp. 1-20.
Pattie, C. and Johnston, R. (2001) ‘Talk as a political context: conversation and electoral change in British elections, 1992-1997’, Electoral Studies, 20 (1), pp. 17-40.
Blount, S. (1999) ‘The microeconomic voter’, Electoral Studies, 18 (4), pp. 505-17. [Although an empirical assessment of Australia in the 1990s, suggestive of work that could be undertaken for contemporary Britain]
Sanders, D. (1999) ‘Conservative incompetence, Labour responsibility and the feelgood factor: why the economy failed to save the Conservatives in 1997’, Electoral Studies, 18 (2), pp. 251-70.
Whitten, G.D. and Palmer, H.D. (1999) ‘Cross-national analyses of economic voting’, Electoral Studies, 18 (1), pp. 49-67.
Weisberg, H.F. (1998) ‘Nonlinear models of electoral change: the implications of political time and chaos theory for the study of mass political behavior’, Electoral Studies, 17 (3), pp. 369-82.
03.09.03 The latest issue of Politics has a couple of
pieces of interest:
Meredith, S. (2003) ‘New Labour: “the road less travelled”?’, Politics, 23 (3), pp. 163-71. [A useful summary of a debate now into severe diminishing returns].
Lilleker, D.G. (2003) ‘Interviewing the political elite: navigating a potential minefield’, Politics, 23 (3), pp. 207-14. [Useful advice on how to locate, prepare for and then interview the ‘elite’]
27.08.03 Essential background reading, and a source of
potential topics for essays, is the latest book by Andrew Gamble:
Gamble, A.M. (2003) Between Europe and America: the future of British politics. London: Palgrave. On Order
also just acquired through ILL:
Lewis-Beck, M.S. and Stegmaier, M. (2000) ‘Economic determinants of electoral outcomes’, Annual Review of Political Science, 3, pp. 183-219. RM Box
26.08.03 The latest issue of Fiscal Studies (vol. 24.2
June 2003) contains the second part of the symposium on welfare reform under
New Labour, and a particularly interesting revisionist piece on the
benefit-costs of privatisation:
Florio, M. (2003) ‘Does privatisation matter?: the long-term performance of British Telecom over 40 years’, Fiscal Studies, 24 (2), pp. 197-234. Serial HJ2240.F5
24.08.03 The library has recently got a subscription to Electoral
Studies, the key journal for developments in psephology and more
quantitative approaches to political science. The following caught my
attention, although I have not yet had a chance to read them:
Jesse, N.G. (1996) ‘Thatcher’s rise and fall: an institutional analysis of the Tory leadership selection process’, Electoral Studies, 15 (2), pp. 183-202.
Nadeau, R. and Mendelsohn, M. (1994) ‘Short-term popularity boost following leadership change in Great Britain’, Electoral Studies, 13 (3), pp. 222-8.
Bogdanor, V. and Field, W.H. (1993) ‘Lessons of history: core and periphery in British electoral behaviour, 1910-1992’, Electoral Studies, 12 (3), pp. 203-24.
Mughan, A. (1987) ‘General election forecasting in Britain: a comparison of three simple models’, Electoral Studies, 6 (3), pp. 195-207.
Clarke, H.D. et al. (1986) ‘Politics, economics and party popularity in Britain, 1979-83’, Electoral Studies, 5 (2), pp. 123-41.
Miller, W.L. et al. (1986) ‘Partisanship and party preference in government and opposition: the mid-term perspective’, Electoral Studies, 5 (1), pp. 31-46.
Holden, K. and Peel, D. (1985) ‘An alternative approach to explaining political popularity’, Electoral Studies, 4 (3), pp. 231-9.
Whiteley, P.F. (1984) ‘Inflation, unemployment and government popularity: dynamic models for the United States, Britain and West Germany’, Electoral Studies, 3 (1), pp. 3-24.
Finer, S.E. (1982) ‘Adversary politics and the eighties’, Electoral Studies, 1 (2), pp. 221-30.
Kavanagh, D. (1982) ‘On writing contemporary electoral history’, Electoral Studies, 1 (1), pp. 117-26.
04.08.03 The latest issue of the Oxford Review of Economic
Policy (vol. 19.2 summer 2003) contains a series of papers on the financing
and management of public services which will be of interest to anyone
considering working on the motives for and benefit-costs of public sector
reform since the first Thatcher government.
31.07.03 The best comparative economic analysis that I have
come across, will assist you in thinking about the diverse forms of
regulation/liberalisation and how they impact (-ve/+ve) on productivity:
Nicoletti, G. and Scarpetta, S. (2003) ‘Regulation, productivity and growth: OECD evidence’, Economic Policy, 18 (36), pp. 9-71. Serial HD87.E3
2002/3 (Year 3)
The following items were generated during 2002/3 and are incorporated in the 2003/4 handbook and its successors:
An empirical test of the Conservative’s preference-shaping strategies to adjust
voters’ preferences to those of the Conservative Party, 1979-92:
Stubager, R. (2003) ‘Preference-shaping: an empirical test’, Political Studies, 51 (2), pp. 241-61. Serial JA1.P61
The latest issue of Public Administration (vol. 81.1 March 2003) Serial JA1.J69 is devoted to traditions of governance and the changing role of
the public sector in Britain, the US and major European states. Also of
interest, and on order for the library, is the following which is a collection
of recent papers in Fiscal Studies Serial
HJ2240.F5 together with an introduction which well
makes the case for/against public spending:
Miles, D. et al. (eds) (2003) The economics of public spending. Oxford: Oxford University Press. On order
Of relevance to Marquand’s ‘progressive dilemma’ and of a possible future for
New Labour is:
Gray, R. (2003) ‘A natural centre-left majority?’, Politics, 23 (1), pp. 21-30. Serial JA1.P615
Sally’s discovery: LexisNexis, a way of gaining access to the digital
archives/current issues of a wide range of print media, including the main
British newspapers and journals such as The Economist, via:
You will need your ATHENS username and password to gain access.
Relevant to understanding the relationship between the Vote and Seat functions
in seminar 10, and to longer-term issues surrounding the forces that produced
Johnston, R. et al. (2002) ‘Distortion magnified: New Labour and the British electoral system’, in L. Bennie et al (ed.) (2002) British elections & parties review. London: Frank Cass, vol. 12, pp. 133-55. Serial JN111.B7
The following in that volume is also of interest even if does relate empirically to 1997–2001:
Andersen, R. et al. (2002) ‘Political knowledge and electoral choice’, in L. Bennie et al (ed.) (2002) British elections & parties review. London: Frank Cass, vol. 12, pp. 11-27
A couple of additional items for those writing essays on economic policy in the
Bonefeld, W. and Burnham, P. (1998) ‘The politics of counter inflation credibility in Britain, 1990-94’, Review of Radical Political Economy 30 (1), pp. 32-52
Burnham, P. (1999) ‘The politics of economic management in the 1990s’, New Political Economy 4 (1), pp. 37-54. Serial HB1.N58
Recently published and looks a good introduction for so-called New Labour:
Fielding, S. (2003) The Labour Party: continuity and change in the making of 'New Labour’. London: Palgrave. JN1129.L32 FIE
I have finally managed to secure a copy of the following which is vital reading
for anybody interested in the economics of the 1984–5 miners strike:
Cooper, D.J. and Hopper, T.M. (eds) (1988) Debating coal closures: economic calculation in the coal dispute, 1984-5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Two recent papers that caught my eye, the first very relevant to the ERM
seminar and the second to New Labour modernisation:
Rollo, J. (2002) ‘In or out: the choice for Britain’, Journal of Public Policy, 22 (2), pp. 217–38. Serial H97.J69
Clift, B. (2002) ‘Social democracy and globalization: the cases of France and the UK’, Government and Opposition, 37 (4), pp. 466–500. Serial JA1.G6
The following will be of assistance to those beginning to think about their dissertation
Silbergh, D.M. (2001) Doing dissertations in politics: a student guide. London: Routledge. JA86 SIL
I’ve just been reviewing the following for the Economic History Review.
It provides a texture to Labour’s post-1979 debates which is not available
Thompson, N. (2002) Left in the wilderness: the political economy of British democratic socialism since 1979.Chesham: Acumen.
The state of play on the consensus politics debate (with indications of how
progress might be made) is well covered in:
Heffernan, R. (2002) ‘“The possible as the art of politics”: understanding consensus politics’, Political Studies, 50 (4), pp. 742–60. Serial JA1.P61
Amongst the 10 year anniversaries of Britain’s ERM eviction on 16.09.92 The Guardian for 16.09.02 contained an interesting series of pieces, looking back and forward. A copy of the various pieces in RM Box.
The latest issue of the JHET contains a mini symposium on the political economy of Margaret Thatcher. Copies in RM Box but read them in order as follows:
Bateman, B.W. (2002) ‘There are many alternatives: Margaret Thatcher in the history of economic thought’, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 24 (3), pp. 307–11.
Backhouse, R.E. (2002) ‘The macroeconomics of Margaret Thatcher’, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 24 (3), pp. 313–34.
Krieger, J. (2002) ‘Testing social democracy's inner limits: from collectivism to the politics of dissonance in Britain’, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 24 (3), pp. 335–55.
Clarke, P.F. (2002) ‘Margaret Thatcher’s place in history: two views’, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 24 (3), pp. 357–68.
03.09.02 The latest issue of the National Institute
Economic Review has three papers which may be of interest:
Sargent, J.R. (2002) ‘Towards a new economy?: recent inflation and unemployment in the United Kingdom’, National Institute Economic Review, 181 (July), pp. 69–86. Statistics HA1134.N2
Crafts, N.F.R. (2002) ‘UK real national income, 1950–1998: some grounds for optimism’, National Institute Economic Review, 181 (July), pp. 87–95. Statistics HA1134.N2
Cobham, D. (2002) ‘The exchange rate as a source of disturbances: the UK, 1979–2000’, National Institute Economic Review, 181 (July), pp. 96–112. Statistics HA1134.N2
12.08.02 The latest issue of Oxford Review of Economic
Policy, 18.2 (Summer 2002) is on the economic record of the Labour
government since 1997 and has much relevant material on the pre-1997 period as
09.08.02 For the seminar on the miners’ strike:
Richards, A.J. (1997) Miners on strike: class solidarity and division in Britain. Oxford: Berg. On Order
more reading on recent (post-ERM 1992) economic policy:
Bonefeld, W. and Burnham, P. (1998) ‘The politics of counter inflation credibility in Britain, 1990–94’, Review of Radical Political Economy, 30 (1), pp. 32–52. Serial HB1.R43
Burnham, P. (1999) ‘The politics of economic management in the 1990s’, New Political Economy, 4 (1), pp. 37–54. RM Box
22.07.02 Reading on the economics of New Labour:
Thompson, N. (2002) Left in the wilderness: the political economy of British democratic socialism since 1979. Chesham: Acumen. On Order
and more on class dealignment:
Andersen, R. and Heath, A. (2002) ‘Class matters: the persisting effect of contextual social class on individual voting in Britain, 1964–97’, European Sociological Review, 18 (2), pp. 125–38. Serial HM1.E8
16.07.02 Some disparate readings:
Depoliticisation of economic policy as a governing strategy:
Burnham, P. (2001) ‘New Labour and the politics of depoliticisation’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 3 (2), pp. 127–49. SerialJA1.B73
Thompson, N. (2002) Left in the wilderness: the political economy of British democratic socialism since 1979. Teddington: Acumen. On Order
A left-of-centre interpretation of the ERM 1990–2 episode:
Bonefeld, W. and Burnham, P. (1996) ‘Britain and the politics of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, 1990–1992’, Capital & Class, 60 (Autumn), pp. 5–38. Serial HB1.B8
The concept of ‘governing competence’, born of the structural characteristics of British political competition, is well expressed (especially pp. 225–6) in one of the last of Bulpitt’s papers before his death:
Bulpitt, J. (1996) ‘The European question: rules, national modernisation and the ambiguities of primat der innenpolitik’, in D. Marquand and A. Seldon (eds) (1996) The ideas that shaped post-war Britain. London: HarperCollins, pp. 214–56. JA84.G7 IDE
On contemporary economic policy:
Grant, W. (2002) Economic policy in Britain. London: Palgrave. On Order
A deeply critical assessment of Reaganomics which provides ideas of how to assess the British case:
Gordon, D.M., Weisskopf, T.E. and Bowles, S. (1994) ‘Right-wing economics in the 1980s: the anatomy of failure’, in M.A. Bernstein and D.E. Adler (eds) (1994) Understanding American economic decline. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 243-75. HC106.5 UND
2001/2 (Year 2)
The following items were generated during 2001/2 and are incorporated in the 2002/3 handbook and its successors:
03.05.02 Long awaited new study of both the major parties:
Forster, A. (2002) Euroscepticism in contemporary British politics: opposition to Europe in the Conservative and Labour Parties since 1945. London: Routledge. HC241 .25.G7 FOR
02.04.02 More from Moran's project on the regulatory state, a
useful comparative review article:
Moran, M. (2002) ‘Understanding the regulatory state’, British Journal of Political Science, 32 (2), pp. 391–413. Serial JA1.B73
Very useful for an overview (and thus
Stevens, C. (2002) ‘Thatcherism, Majorism and the collapse of Tory statecraft’, Contemporary British History, 16 (1), pp. 119–50. Serial DA588.C6
26.02.02 Some miscellaneous items which I've been reading
lately (for those on order, you are as usual welcome to read them in my room
until they arrive in the library):
Kerr, P. (2001) Postwar British politics: from conflict to consensus. London: Routledge. JN231 KER
Glyn, A. (ed.) (2001) Social democracy in neoliberal times: the left and economic policy since 1980. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [esp. ch. 8, although there seems a good deal of overlap with Glyn and Woods (2001) on New Labour’s economic policy] On Order
Marsh, D. et al. (1999) Postwar British politics in perspective. Cambridge: Polity. On Order
17.01.02 An interesting Economist leader on the
impending demise of monetarism and a further good piece on the winter of
Anon. (1986) ‘The year monetarism dies?’, The Economist, 4 January, pp. 11–12. RM Box
Hay, C. (1996) ‘Narrating crisis: the discursive construction of the "winter of discontent"’, Sociology, 30 (2), pp. 253–77. Serial HM1.S73
16.01.02 Some additional references from my own recent
Beharrell, P. and Philo, G. (eds) (1977) Trade unions and the media. London: Macmillan. P96.T7 TRA
Jones, N. (1986) Strikes and the media: communication and conflict. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. [Particularly strong on the 1984–5 miners’ strike] P96.T7 JON
Marsh, D. (1989) ‘British trade unions in a cold climate’, West European Politics, 12 (4), pp. 192–8. [A useful review of recent literature, including MacInnes (1987)] Serial JN94.W3
Towers, B. (1989) ‘Running the gauntlet: British trade unions under Thatcher, 1979–88’, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 42 (2), pp. 163–88. Serial HD6961.I6
1992 general election:
Herron, M.C. (2000) ‘Estimating the economic impact of political party competition in the 1992 British election’, American Journal of Political Science, 44 (2), pp. 320–31. Serial JA1.A5
04.01.02 Essential introductory reading for seminar 14 on
reconstructing the public sector:
Talbot, C. (2001) ‘UK public services and management (1979–2000): evolution or revolution?’, International Journal of Public Sector Management, 14 (4), pp. 281–303.
28.11.01 The latest issue of Parliamentary Affairs
contains the first published academic assessment of the 2001 election. I found
the following particularly useful:
Sanders, D., Clarke, H., Stewart, M. and Whiteley, P.F. (2001) ‘The economy and voting’, Parliamentary Affairs, 54 (4), pp. 789–802.
Bara, J. and Budge, I. (2001) ‘Party policy and ideology: still New Labour?’, Parliamentary Affairs, 54 (4), pp. 590–606.
27.11.01 The following is a good critical assessment of
Brown’s economic strategy since 1997:
Helm, D.R. (2001) ‘Making Britain more competitive: a critique of regulation and competition policy’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 48 (5), pp. 471–87.
09.11.01 For more on the political economy of New Labour (with
a useful literature review):
Coates, D. and Hay, C. (2001) ‘The internal and external face of New Labour’s political economy’, Government and Opposition, 36 (4), pp. 447–71.
18.10.01 For seminar 14 on the public sector:
Moran, M. (2001) ‘Not steering but drowning: policy catastrophes and the regulatory state’, Political Quarterly, 72 (4), pp. 414–27. Serial JA1.P59
11.10.01 For seminar 6:
Tothill, D. (2001) ‘In Argentina at the time of the Falklands War’, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 12 (3), pp. 1–38. RM Box
02.10.01 Helpful for understanding David Coates latest
thinking and for situating New Labour:
Coates, D. (2001) ‘Capitalist models and social democracy: the case of New Labour’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 3 (3), pp. 284–307. Serial JA1.B73
2000/1 (Year 1)
The following items were generated during 2000/1 and are incorporated in the 2001/2 handbook and its successors:
12.03.01 The latest issue of Parliamentary Affairs has a
couple of pieces which should be of interest: the first an update on the
regulatory state literature and the latter a contribution towards biography
Moran, M. (2001) ‘The rise of the regulatory state in Britain’, Parliamentary Affairs, 54 (1), pp. 19–34.
Alderman, K. (2001) ‘Setting some records straight’, Parliamentary Affairs, 54 (1), pp. 134–9.
06.03.01 A good survey article for anyone interested in the
longer-term context to post-1979 voting:
Stevens, C. (1999) ‘The electoral sociology of modern Britain reconsidered’, Contemporary British History, 13 (1), pp. 62–94. Serial DA588.C6
06.03.01 I have placed in RM Box a file, Guardian (2000),
which contains a series of articles, most from November 2000, written to mark
the 10th anniversary of Thatcher’s resignation and which form a
useful resource for seminar 20 which is devoted to Thatcherism and its legacy.
21.02.00 For seminar 17, and an excellent introduction to the
Rubinstein, D. (2000) ‘A new look at New Labour’, Politics, 20 (3), pp. 161–7. Serial JA1.P615
which has provoked a debate in the latest issue of Politics, vol. 21 (1), pp. 47–62.
17.01.01 For Seminar 16 on Major and the Major administrations
the assessment in the following will be most useful (also the previous chapter
Hennessy, P. (2000) The prime minister: the office and its holders since 1945. London: Allen Lane, ch. 17. JN401 HEN
15.12.00 Some useful additional reading for seminars 9 and 14:
Wright, V. (ed.) (1994) Privatisation in Western Europe: pressures, problems and paradoxes. London: Pinter, esp. chs 1–3. HD4138 PRI
Young, S. (1986) ‘The nature of privatisation in Britain, 1979–85’, West European Politics, 9 (2), pp. 235–52. Serial JN94.W3
13.12.00 For seminar 14 a very useful review of the political
science literature on the British state:
Skelcher, C. (2000) ‘Changing images of the state: overloaded, hollowed-out, congested’, Public Policy and Administration, 15 (3), pp. 3–19. Serial JF1351.P8
11.12.00 Additional reading for seminar 10 (electoral
Studlar, D.T., McAllister, I. and Ascui, A. (1990) ‘Privatization and the British electorate: microeconomic policies, macroeconomic evaluations and party support’, American Journal of Political Science, 34 (4), pp. 1077–1101. Serial JA1.A5
Additional reading for seminar 8 (social policy):
Deakin, N. (1993) ‘A future for collectivism?’, in R. Page and J. Baldock (eds) (1993) Social policy review. Vol. 5. Canterbury: Social Policy Association, pp. 12–34. Serial HV245.S6
07.12.00 Additional reading for seminar 8:
Glennerster, H. (1995) British social policy since 1945. Oxford: Blackwell. HV245 GLE
Glennerster, H. and Hills, J. (eds) (1998) The state of welfare: the economics of social spending, 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press. HV245 STA
Hills, J. (ed.) (1990) The state of welfare: the welfare state in Britain since 1974. Oxford: Clarendon Press. HV245 STA
Peacock, A.T. (1999) ‘Economic thought and the reform of the welfare state’, Economic Affairs, 19 (1), pp. 30–7. Serial HB1.J54
27.11.00 For seminar 9, a very useful literature review
(theoretical and empirical):
Blundell, R.W. (1992) ‘Labour supply and taxation: a survey’, Fiscal Studies, 13 (3), pp. 15–40. Serial HJ2240.F5
21.11.00 Useful for anyone doing an essay on monetarism and
just arrived via ILL:
Artis, M.J. and Bladen-Hovell, R. (1987) ‘The UK monetarist experiment, 1979–1984’, International Review of Applied Economics, 1 (1), pp. 23–47. RM Box
14.11.00 Additional readings for seminar 9:
Dunleavy, P.J. (1986) ‘Explaining the privatization boom: public choice versus radical approaches’, Public Administration, 64 (1), pp. 13–34. Serial JA1.J69
Dobek, M.M. (1993) ‘Privatization as a political priority: the British experience’, Political Studies, 41 (1), pp. 24–40. Serial JA1.P61
10.11.00 For seminar 8, a useful but committed survey from a
leading conservative academic (probably known to you for short biographies of
Friedman and Hayek):
Barry, N.P. (1997) 'Conservative thought and the welfare state', Political Studies, 45 (2), pp. 331–45. Serial JA1.P61
10.11.00 For seminar 9 (and anyone with an interest in
Matthews, K.G.P. (ed.) (1998) The economics and politics of money: the selected essays of Alan Walters. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Matthews’ introduction provides a brief precise of Walters’ career] HB171 WAL
Walters, A.A. (1984) ‘The United Kingdom: political economy and macroeconomics’, Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 21 (Autumn), pp. 259–79. Rep. in K.G.P. Matthews (ed.) (1998) q.v., pp. 293–313.
Walters, A.A. (1989) ‘Supply-side policies: the lessons from the UK’, in G. Fels and G.M. von Furstenberg (eds) (1989) A supply-side agenda for Germany. Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 185–214. Rep. in K.G.P. Matthews (ed.) (1998) q.v., pp. 350–367.
03.11.00 Additional reading for seminar 7 on the coal industry
Negrine, R. (1995) ‘The "gravest political crisis since Suez": the press, the government and the pit closures announcement of 1992’, Parliamentary Affairs, 48 (1), pp. 40–56.
The following URL gives draft chapters for Iain McLean’s important forthcoming study, Rational choice in British politics: an analysis of rhetoric and manipulation from Peele to Blair
Additional reading for seminar 2, a response to Pimlott’s (1988) important revisionist paper:
Butler, A. (1993) ‘The end of post-war consensus: reflections on the scholarly use of rhetoric’, Political Quarterly, 64 (4), pp. 435–46. Serial JA1.P59
02.11.00 By popular request I have just added the following to
Pimlott, B. (1988) ‘The myth of consensus’, in L.M. Smith (ed.) (1988) The making of Britain: echoes of greatness. London: Macmillan, pp. 129–41.
Clarke, P.F. (1998) ‘The rise and fall of Thatcherism’, London Review of Books, 20 (10 December), pp. 14–20.
25.10.00 The latest BJPS has the following potentially
interesting piece of revisionism:
Cowley, P. and Bailey, M. (2000) ‘Peasants’ uprising or religious war?: re-examining the 1975 Conservative leadership contest’, British Journal of Political Science, 30 (4), pp. 599–629.
20.10.00 Have added the following to RM Box which I have just
obtained through ILL:
Collard, D.A. (1968) The New Right: a critique. London: Fabian Society.
13.10.00 RM Box now up and running and in addition to some of
the set texts for part I (marked RM Box) it includes the following which the
library has mislaid:
Bentley, M. (1989) ‘Is Mrs Thatcher a Conservative: the historical roots of Thatcherism’, Contemporary Record, 2 (6), pp. 35–6. Serial DA588.C6
Cockerell, M. (1989) ‘Prime ministers on television’, Contemporary Record, 2 (5), pp. 2–4. Serial DA588.C6
Tunstall, J. (1989) ‘The media portfolio: revolution under Thatcher’, Contemporary Record, 2 (5), pp. 5–7. Serial DA588.C6
Joseph, K. (1976) Stranded on the middle ground?: reflections on circumstances and policies. London: CPS. Pamphlet HC256.6 JOS
Pimlott, B., Kavanagh, D. and Morris, P. (1989) ‘Is the "postwar consensus" a myth?’, Contemporary Record, 2 (6), pp. 12–15. Serial DA588.C6
12.10.00 For a very critical – left-of-centre – analysis of
postwar British foreign policy have a look at:
Curtis, M. (1998) The great deception: Anglo-American power and world order. London: Pluto. JS67 CUR
26.09.00 Have just come across the following extremely
comprehensive bibliography of Thatcher and Thatcherism which is likely to be
very useful when planning projects:
Mikdadi, F.F.H. (1993) Margaret Thatcher: a bibliography. London: Greenwood Press. Z8869.14 MIK
25.09.00 Looks useful:
Leruez, J. (2000) ‘French views on Thatcherism and Blairism’, Historical Research, 73 (3), pp. 296–311.
07.09.00 For section 220.127.116.11 of the handbook the following is
also very useful:
Adonis, A. (1994) ‘The transformation of the Conservative Party in the 1980s’, in A. Adonis and T. Hames (eds) (1994) A conservative revolution? The Thatcher-Reagan decade in perspective. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 145–67. D849 CON
06.09.00 The Library has just informed me that we have breached
the capacity limits for Short Loan for this unit and thus the following which
appear in the handbook as in Short Loan are instead on 7-day loan (* indicates
*Ball, S. and Seldon, A. (eds) (1996) The Heath government, 1970–1974: a reappraisal. London: Longman. DA592 HEA
*Cockett, R. (1994) Thinking the unthinkable: think-tanks and the economic counter-revolution, 1931–1983. London: Harper Collins. JF529 COC
*Dunleavy, P.J., Gamble, A.M. and Peele, G. (eds) (1990) Developments in British politics, 3. London: Macmillan. JN234 DEV
*Esping-Andersen, G. (1990) The three worlds of welfare capitalism. Cambridge: Polity Press. HN17.5 ESP
*Evans, E.J. (1997) Thatcher and Thatcherism. London: Routledge. DA591.T47 EVA
*Harris, R. (1983) Gotcha! The media, the government and the Falklands crisis. London: Faber & Faber. P96.W3 HAR
*Jessop, B., Bonnett, K., Bromley, S. and Ling, T. (1988) Thatcherism: a tale of two nations. Oxford: Polity Press. JN1128.C2 THA
*Kavanagh, D. (1990) Thatcherism and British politics: the end of consensus?, 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press. JN231 KAV
*Kavanagh, D. and Morris, P. (1989) Consensus politics from Attlee to Thatcher. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. HC256.4 KAV
*Marquand, D. (1988) The unprincipled society: new demands and old politics. London: Fontana. JN1129.L32 MAR
*Marquand, D. and Seldon, A. (eds) (1996) The ideas that shaped post-war Britain. London: Fontana. JA84.G7 IDE
*Oliver, M.J. (1997) Whatever happened to monetarism?: economic policy-making and social learning in the United Kingdom since 1979. Aldershot: Ashgate. HC256.6 OLI
*Pepper, G.T. (1998) Inside Thatcher’s monetarist revolution. London: Macmillan/IEA. HC256.6 PEP
*Pierson, C. (1998) Beyond the welfare state? the new political economy of welfare, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Polity Press. HV51 PIE
*Ranelagh, J. (1992) Thatcher’s people: an insider’s account of the politics, the power and the personalities. London: Fontana. DA591.T3 RAN
*Skidelsky, R.J. (ed.) (1988) Thatcherism. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. DA589.7 THA
*Young, H. (1993) One of us: a biography of Margaret Thatcher, 3rd edn. London: Macmillan. DA591.T3 YOU
05.09.00 Marvin has drawn my attention to a small (but
annoying) error in the handbook where the wrong Library classification has been
given for some of the articles drawn from the Contemporary Record. The
correct classification for this journal is Serial DA588.C6 not Serial
D410.J6 (which is that for the Journal of Contemporary History).
04.09.00 A useful collection of articles reprinted from the
IEA’s journal, Economic Affairs:
Lewis, R. (ed.) (1994) Recent controversies in political economy. London: Routledge. HB171 REC
Ordered for the library and likely to be significant:
Parker, M. (2000) Thatcherism and the fall of coal. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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