Running Up the Down Escalator: Developments in British Wildlife Policies after Mrs Thatcher’s 1988 Speeches

  • Stephen C. Young

Abstract

This chapter examines issues relating to wildlife in Great Britain during the period between Mrs Thatcher’s 1988 speeches on the environment and the government’s response to the Rio Summit of 1992,1 which came in January 1994 when the DoE published four reports on sustainable development and related issues (DoE, 1994a, 1994b, 1994c, 1994d). The argument of the chapter is that Thatcher’s speeches had little significance in the sphere of wildlife conservation. The period from September 1988 through to January 1994 can best be seen as the second half of a period of change that began in the mid-1980s. The publication of the biodiversity action plan provides a natural cut-off point (DoE, 1994c). Before analysing the pre-1988 developments, and the issues relating to the institutional and policy changes of the 1988–94 period, three contextual features need setting out.

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