Lecture 9

Lecture 9 - Lecture 9 Britain from Thatcher to Cameron A....

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Lecture 9 Britain from Thatcher to Cameron A. Challenges in British politics after World War II Loss of empire (from 1947: Independence of India and Pakistan) Economic obsolescence and decline (esp. 1960-80) Class divisions and poverty The European challenge (1957-) Celtic and Irish revolts (Scotland, Northern Island, Wales) B. What British Parties Disagree about Ownership of major enterprises Labour (until Blair): Public Conservatives: Private Welfare States Labour: generous, universal, public providers Conservatives: lean, needs-based, private providers Centralization of power Conservatives: strong centralization Labour: a little less centralization Other parties: decentralization European policy Labour: From scepticism to support Conservatives: from support to scepticism Liberal Democrats: more pro-European C. Interest Groups: Distinctive Patterns Class politics : Strong producer interest (labour, management, farmers, professionals) Fewer channels of access Interest groups affiliate with parties, spend less time on individual legislators Close ties to parties
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course POLI 11 taught by Professor Strom during the Winter '11 term at UCSD.

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