© 1989


Scope and Limits, 1983–87


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Scope of Thatcherism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin Holmes
      Pages 3-18
    3. Martin Holmes
      Pages 59-70
  3. The Limits of Thatcherism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Martin Holmes
      Pages 152-155
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 156-174

About this book


This book examines the pace of change and the nature of the Thatcherite revolution, 1983-87. It draws on 30 interviews with ministers and officials and offers a critique of existing theories of Thatcherism. The author assesses the progress of, opposition to and future of policy.


economic policy foreign policy Policy revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mansfield CollegeOxfordUK

About the authors

MARTIN HOLMES is Senior Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. He graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University College, Oxford and was awarded his doctorate in 1981. Dr Holmes is the author of Political Pressures and Economic Policy: British Government, 1970-4, The Labour Government, 1974-79: Political Aims and Economic Reality and The First Thatcher Government, 1979-83: Contemporary Conservatism and Economic Change.

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'Lucid and well-documented account' - K.Featherstone, British Book News

'In this clear and informed history of the 1974-79 Government Holmes shows how Labour's aspirations constantly encountered the practical limits of economic management' - Albert Whale, Times Higher Educational Supplement

'Dr Holmes is perceptive and fair in his assessment of the leading personalities' - Douglas Jay, Financial Times

'Martin Holmes has written a well-researched book of the period, and as an active participant I have no complaint about the picture he paints, which is a fair one' - Lord Barnett, The House Magazine