The Thatcher Era, 1979–90

  • William D. Rubinstein


What we mean by ‘Thatcherism’ combines several separate themes: ‘rolling back’ the scope of the state; abandoning Keynesian notions of full employment in order to tame inflation; refusing to accede to outrageous trade union demands; lowering taxes and privatising many state industries. The Thatcher era lasted for 11 years, and not all of these became government policy at the same time or at once. Many of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet colleagues were not ‘Thatcherites’, and in many respects only her character and beliefs provided a unity to these themes.


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© William D. Rubinstein 2003

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