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Confidence regained : economics, Mrs. Thatcher, and the British voter /
Helmut Norpoth.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1992.
x, 229 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0472103334 (alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1992.
0472103334 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-224) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
Using survey data about the three British general elections between 1979 and 1987, Norpoth, a political scientist at SUNY, examines the effect of economic policies on voting choices. The author discusses the premises of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's economic policies, and the responsibility of those policies for the performance of the British economy in the 1980s. In separate chapters devoted to the three elections and to the attitudes of voters to the three main parties, Norpoth analyzes the degree to which voting and opinions between elections are related to economic issues. His general answer, though qualified, is that perceptions of the Thatcher government's handling of economic issues, especially inflation and unemployment, did influence voters, although other issues, such as the Falklands War, were also important. Thatcher's emphasis on free enterprise over socialism helped keep her in power. The author concludes that Thatcher did much to restore confidence in her Conservative party's ability to achieve key economic goals. The book will interest specialists in British politics and more generally those studying the interaction of economic policies and politics. M. Curtis; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
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