The Political Economy of Britain in Crisis

Trade Unions and the Banking Sector

  • Christopher Kirkland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  3. Christopher Kirkland
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-207

About this book


This book explores two recent crises in British political economy: the crisis of 1976–9, for which the trade unions were impugned, and the 2007 economic crisis, for which bankers were (at least initially) blamed. The author argues that the “crisis resolution” of the former – principally the Thatcherite reforms of the 1980s – led to the emergence of the banking crisis. Further, Kirkland demonstrates how narratives of blame have emerged and were used in both instances to promote specific agendas. Narrations of blame and crises were used to curb the trade union powers in the 1980s, whilst the 2007 crisis was quickly reframed as one of excessive government spending, which in turn has led to policies of austerity.


Blame Agenda-setting Framing Crisis-resolution British political economy Inequalities Agency Trade Unions Banking sector crises

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher Kirkland
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

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