The Thatcherite Offensive

The Thatcherite Offensive A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis - Historical Materialism Book Series

Paperback (23 Mar 2017) | English

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Synopsis

In The Thatcherite Offensive, Alexander Gallas provides a class-centred political analysis of Thatcherism. Drawing upon Greek state theorist Nicos Poulantzas, he challenges both mainstream and critical accounts of British politics in the 1980s and 90s. He shows that Thatcherism's success and novelty, indeed its unity as a political project, lay in the fact that the Thatcher governments profoundly shifted class relations in Britain in favour of capital and restructured the institutions underpinning class domination.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781608466979
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.0858
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 496g
Height: 231mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 23mm