Thatcher – Ideologue or Pragmatist?

  • Eric Caines


Previous chapters have examined the tensions within Margaret Thatcher’s 1975–79 Opposition over policy-formulation, particularly in the key areas of economic management and industrial relations. Chapter 12 offers a detailed scrutiny of where Thatcher herself stood on the key questions which emerged from the policy-making exercise; how she managed those on either side of the on-going debates; and how her attitudes and political awareness affected the tone of the policy documents which were produced from time to time including, most importantly, the 1979 election manifesto.

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  • Eric Caines
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUnited Kingdom

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