Thatcher and Thatcherism, 3rd edition

Evans, Eric J.
Date published: 
February 2013

This fully revised and updated third edition examines the origins and impact of 'Thatcherism' as a cultural construct and economic creed from the 1970s to the formation of a coalition government in 2010. Focusing on the career of Margaret Thatcher, Eric J. Evans suggests that both the originality and the ideological coherence of 'Thatcherism' were illusory. He argues that 'Thatcherism' was a bold experiment in ideologically driven government which, despite Thatcher’s political dominance, failed to meet its main objectives. With a full bibliography and explanation of the economic, social and historical context of Britain in the late 1970s and 80s, Thatcher and Thatcherism is an invaluable guide to the complexities and paradoxes of contemporary Britain.