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Title: Thatcherism and the public sector
Authors: Jackson, Peter McLeod
First Published: 14-Jul-2014
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Industrial Relations Journal, 2014, 45 (3), pp. 266-280
Abstract: This article analyses the impact of Thatcher's economic reforms upon the UK public sector. It argues that Thatcherism was a continuation, albeit pursued with a stronger conviction, of changes in economic policy perspectives which had been initiated many years earlier. What became known as Thatcherism began life incompletely formed. Its precise form emerged subsequently through its implementation. Thatcher's original intentions to tame the public sector and to roll back the frontiers of the state were frustrated by the reality of events. Making real cuts in public spending proved to be difficult while expenditure on social security increased rapidly, partly as a result of the economic policies of the first Thatcher government. The ‘burden’ of taxation was not reduced, although marginal rates of income tax did fall. A feature of the Thatcher governments was a move towards introducing greater amounts of managerialism into the public sector in an attempt to secure efficiency improvements in the delivery of public services. This has produced mixed results.
DOI Link: 10.1111/irj.12058
ISSN: 0019-8692
eISSN: 1468-2338
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jackson, P. M. (2014), Thatcherism and the public sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 45: 266–280, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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