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The unfinished business of Thatcherism : the values of the enterprise culture /
Candace Hetzner.
New York : P. Lang, c1999.
xxv, 357 p. ; 24 cm.
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New York : P. Lang, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-345) and index.
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Candace Hetzner is Professor of Management and Director of the M.S. in Management Program at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Hetzner (Lesley College) examines the failure of Margaret Thatcher's attempts to create an "enterprise culture" in Britain that would overcome a century of relative economic decline. She argues that the attempt built on support for the values of private property, profit making, and consumption, all of which took on a new prominence in the 1980s. Nonetheless, Hetzner contends that largely due to neglect of key elements in the educational system that fostered the older culture, Thatcher's attempt was relatively unsuccessful in promoting the values of economic modernization and rationalization. To support her case, she first sketches the "culture" of decline against which Thatcher was reacting--a culture she calls "gentlemanly." To trace the effects and noneffects of Thatcherism on this culture, she makes use of a variety of sources--survey research, journalism, novels, television, and literary creations. The result is a fascinating, fairly nuanced study, unfortunately marred in several places by an inability to report statistical material meaningfully and an occasional historical howler. Most appropriate for comprehensive collections, upper-division undergraduate through faculty. D. E. Moggridge; University of Toronto
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Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
The Enterprise Culture and British Cultures
Decline and Ideology: Thatcherite Analysis and Prescriptionp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Ideology and Culturep. 2
Declinep. 6
Thatcherite Analysisp. 9
A Very Important Sub-Themep. 14
Hegemony and Consensusp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Characteristics of the Gentlemanly Culturep. 24
Way of Lifep. 25
Ideologyp. 30
Effects on Parties and Political Actorsp. 31
Conservative Partyp. 32
Labour Partyp. 41
Consensusp. 47
Corporatismp. 47
The Civil Servicep. 50
Secrecyp. 52
Manufacturing Tradition: Prostrate at the Feet of Feudalismp. 61
Introductionp. 61
The Rise of the Business Classesp. 62
Gentlemanly Transitionp. 64
Education and the Practical Manp. 66
Resistance to Competitive Capitalismp. 69
Conservatismp. 72
Style, Authority, and Organizational Culturep. 74
Comparison with the United Statesp. 76
The Community of Practical Menp. 85
Introductionp. 85
Ideological Developmentp. 86
Culture and Communityp. 89
Practical Men, Education, and Automationp. 90
Unions and Managementp. 95
Fragmentation and Competitionp. 95
Strikes and the Work Ethicp. 97
Joint Participationp. 102
Individualism, Community, and Laissez-Fairep. 106
Thatcherism and the Values of Capitalism and Modernity
Belief and Facticityp. 115
Introductionp. 115
Problems of Evaluating Micro-Economic Agendap. 118
The Contemporary Conventional Wisdomp. 121
Another Analysisp. 130
State Geese are not Great Layers: Policies Increasing Private Ownershipp. 133
Introductionp. 133
Privatization and Ownership Policiesp. 135
Rationalep. 135
Long-Standing Opposition to Nationalizationp. 137
Privatization of State-Owned Firmsp. 142
Extending Ownershipp. 145
Reducing Governmental Intrusionp. 150
Social Welfarep. 153
The New Economic Landscape: Opinion, Property, and Pocketbooksp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Privatization of Industryp. 162
Privatization of Public Housingp. 165
Removing the Statep. 167
Regulationp. 167
Wage and Price Controlp. 169
Job Creationp. 171
Subsidizationp. 172
Social Welfare and Redistributionp. 174
Increased Spendingp. 174
Use Other Peoples' Taxesp. 177
Knowing the Value of Everything and the Price of Nothing: Attitudes to profit and Consumptionp. 189
Introductionp. 189
Devaluing Moneyp. 191
Valuing Moneyp. 197
Thatcherism, Prosperity and Consumptionp. 202
The Love That Dares not Speak its Name: Money-Lust and the British
Introductionp. 211
Commerce and Consumptionp. 212
Roman Empire to Middle Agesp. 212
Tudor Era to Restorationp. 215
House of Hanover to Victorian Erap. 220
Twentieth Centuryp. 230
Rivulets of Change and the Riptide of Traditionp. 239
Introductionp. 239
Deficiencies in Schoolsp. 241
General Achievementp. 241
Vocational Trainingp. 241
Deficiencies in Professional Expertisep. 242
Science and Engineeringp. 242
Business Managementp. 244
Civil Servicep. 246
Schools Reformp. 247
General Achievementp. 247
Vocational Trainingp. 251
Reforms for Professional Proficiencyp. 257
Science and Engineeringp. 258
Business Managementp. 262
Civil Servicep. 266
Thatcherism at Workp. 279
Introductionp. 279
The Hardworking Britishp. 281
Survey Evidencep. 281
The Not So Hardworking Britishp. 286
Non-Survey Evidencep. 286
Survey Evidencep. 290
Workplace Relations and Productivityp. 295
A Common Purposep. 301
Conclusion: The Lady was not A Gentlemanp. 313
Introductionp. 313
The Barbs of Social Classp. 314
The Thatcherite Responsep. 318
The Gentlemen Remainp. 320
A Political Traditionalist and Economic Radicalp. 324
A Cavalier with Roundhead Sympathiesp. 329
Select Bibliographyp. 335
Indexp. 347
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