This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today. Key underlying themes include: The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’ the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today. Key features include: Key concepts and issues Key theorists and writers Discussion questions Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

(Re)defining Politics: Neoliberalism and the State

(Re)defining politics: Neoliberalism and the state

Key Concepts and Issues

  • Neoliberalism and neoconservatism
  • New Right ideology
  • The New Right in politics
  • Thatcherism
  • The legacy of Thatcherism
  • The New Right and morality politics

Key Theorists and Writers

  • Milton Friedman
  • Andrew Gamble
  • Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques
  • Fredrick Hayek
  • Bob Jessop
  • Roger Scruton

Neo-liberals argue that inequality is both inevitable and desirable. Attempts to offset inequality through state interference will inevitably lead to the erosion of human freedom, preventing individuals making choices about how to spend their income. The inevitability of human diversity within civil society will ensure that the state acts on only a partial, and therefore distorted, understanding of individuals’ needs. (Faulks, 1999: 74)

The neoliberal agenda of the New Right, which manifested itself in the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, directly dominated both party and ...

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