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The Unfinished Business of Thatcherism: The Values of the Enterprise Culture / Edition 1
     

The Unfinished Business of Thatcherism: The Values of the Enterprise Culture / Edition 1

by Candace Hetzner
 

ISBN-10: 0820440523

ISBN-13: 9780820440521

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

The Unfinished Business of Thatcherism: The Values of the Enterprise Culture is a book about the impact of cultural values on economic performance. Using survey research, interviews, journalistic accounts, novels, and historical data, this book examines the extent to which Thatcherism succeeded in transforming British values in directions supportive of a

Overview

The Unfinished Business of Thatcherism: The Values of the Enterprise Culture is a book about the impact of cultural values on economic performance. Using survey research, interviews, journalistic accounts, novels, and historical data, this book examines the extent to which Thatcherism succeeded in transforming British values in directions supportive of a robust, modern capitalist economy. The author argues that Thatcherism accomplished more with respect to enhancing support for capitalist values, such as profit-making and private ownership, than for values of modernization such as technical expertise and the Protestant ethic. Ultimately, the author contends that Thatcherism failed at its cultural revolution because it did not provide a liberal political ideology to buttress its liberal economic ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820440521
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 10: Political Science , #46
Pages:
357
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesxiii
List of Abbreviationsxv
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introductionxix
Part IThe Enterprise Culture and British Cultures
Chapter 1Decline and Ideology: Thatcherite Analysis and Prescription1
Introduction1
Ideology and Culture2
Decline6
Thatcherite Analysis9
A Very Important Sub-Theme14
Chapter 2Hegemony and Consensus23
Introduction23
Characteristics of the Gentlemanly Culture24
Way of Life25
Ideology30
Effects on Parties and Political Actors31
Conservative Party32
Labour Party41
Consensus47
Corporatism47
The Civil Service50
Secrecy52
Chapter 3Manufacturing Tradition: Prostrate at the Feet of Feudalism61
Introduction61
The Rise of the Business Classes62
Gentlemanly Transition64
Education and the Practical Man66
Resistance to Competitive Capitalism69
Conservatism72
Style, Authority, and Organizational Culture74
Comparison with the United States76
Chapter 4The Community of Practical Men85
Introduction85
Ideological Development86
Culture and Community89
Practical Men, Education, and Automation90
Unions and Management95
Fragmentation and Competition95
Strikes and the Work Ethic97
Joint Participation102
Individualism, Community, and Laissez-Faire106
Part IIThatcherism and the Values of Capitalism and Modernity
Chapter 5Belief and Facticity115
Introduction115
Problems of Evaluating Micro-Economic Agenda118
The Contemporary Conventional Wisdom121
Another Analysis130
Chapter 6State Geese are not Great Layers: Policies Increasing Private Ownership133
Introduction133
Privatization and Ownership Policies135
Rationale135
Long-Standing Opposition to Nationalization137
Privatization of State-Owned Firms142
Extending Ownership145
Reducing Governmental Intrusion150
Social Welfare153
Chapter 7The New Economic Landscape: Opinion, Property, and Pocketbooks161
Introduction161
Privatization of Industry162
Privatization of Public Housing165
Removing the State167
Regulation167
Wage and Price Control169
Job Creation171
Subsidization172
Social Welfare and Redistribution174
Increased Spending174
Use Other Peoples' Taxes177
Chapter 8Knowing the Value of Everything and the Price of Nothing: Attitudes to profit and Consumption189
Introduction189
Devaluing Money191
Valuing Money197
Thatcherism, Prosperity and Consumption202
Chapter 9The Love That Dares not Speak its Name: Money-Lust and the British
Introduction211
Commerce and Consumption212
Roman Empire to Middle Ages212
Tudor Era to Restoration215
House of Hanover to Victorian Era220
Twentieth Century230
Chapter 10Rivulets of Change and the Riptide of Tradition239
Introduction239
Deficiencies in Schools241
General Achievement241
Vocational Training241
Deficiencies in Professional Expertise242
Science and Engineering242
Business Management244
Civil Service246
Schools Reform247
General Achievement247
Vocational Training251
Reforms for Professional Proficiency257
Science and Engineering258
Business Management262
Civil Service266
Chapter 11Thatcherism at Work279
Introduction279
The Hardworking British281
Survey Evidence281
The Not So Hardworking British286
Non-Survey Evidence286
Survey Evidence290
Workplace Relations and Productivity295
A Common Purpose301
Chapter 12Conclusion: The Lady was not A Gentleman313
Introduction313
The Barbs of Social Class314
The Thatcherite Response318
The Gentlemen Remain320
A Political Traditionalist and Economic Radical324
A Cavalier with Roundhead Sympathies329
Select Bibliography335
Index347

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