Neoliberalism in Britain

Fuchs, Christian (2016) Neoliberalism in Britain. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 14 (1). pp. 163-188. ISSN 1726-670X

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The Conservative Party has in the 2015 British general elections won an absolute majority under David Cameron’s leadership. Cameron’s rule signifies an important phase in British politics in the 21st century. This paper asks the question: What is Cameronism? Cameron argues that Margaret Thatcher “was a big influence” for him. It is therefore appropriate to study the relationship between Thatcherism and Cameronism. The article revisits theories of Thatcherism and understands it as a unity of ideology and policies that is organised along three dimensions: the economy, politics, and culture. An ideology critique study of key speeches, interviews and documents analyses these three dimensions of Cameronism. A comparison of Cameronism and Thatcherism shows that questions of national identity, the European Union and immigration form a key ideological and political dimension of Cameronism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cameronism, David Cameron, political discourse, ideology, Margaret Thatcher, Thatcherism;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 12:33
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