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Neoliberalisms in British Politics

1st Edition

By Christopher Byrne


176 pages

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Taking a chronological approach, this book challenges established economistic and ideologistic narratives of neoliberalism in Britain by charting the gradual diffusion of an increasingly interventionist neoliberal governmental rationality in British politics since the late 1970s, and the various means by which the project has furnished itself with a hegemonic basis for its popular support.

Spanning five decades of British political history and drawing on rich empirical evidence to bring conceptual clarity to, and chart the effects of, a style of government bound up with a host of epochal changes, it concludes by considering Brexit and the rise of Corbynism as the final act in the neoliberal saga. It then poses the question, Is British politics on the verge of a major reconstruction representing a decisive rejection of neoliberalism?

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of British politics and neoliberalism, liberalism and, more broadly to political theory, political economy and public policy.

Table of Contents


2. Thatcherism, Authoritarian Populism and Roll-back Neoliberalism

3. New Labour, Modernisation and Roll-out Neoliberalism

4. The Big Society and Neoliberalism after the Crash

5. Conclusion: Explaining Neoliberal Resilience

About the Author

Christopher Byrne is Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in British Politics

This series aims to engage experts in the fields of UK politics, political history and public policy-making whilst addressing a wide array of political dynamics, contexts, histories and ideas. Many of the current major political trends and issues - such as the long-term impact of Brexit, the implications of political disenchantment, the surge in party membership, growing constitutional strains on the UK, and the unbalanced nature of formal political participation in terms of class, gender and ethnicity - are major challenges to political elites.

The series will retain a particular focus on British government, British politics and public policy, while locating those issues within a European and global context. Its will aim to:

  • Promote research excellence with regards to British politics, including interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Disseminate relevant knowledge widely.
  • Engage and inform the public debate about the nature of British politics.
  • Contribute towards the development of public policy.
  • Stimulate innovation in teaching and research.

The series will initially focus on five core areas: 

  • Political thought and ideology: the dynamics of ideological change within and outside political parties; mapping the interplay of ideology and policy; debating different ideological traditions in British politics; and considering the impact of new forms of critical political thought
  • British party politics: how different parties in British politics are responding to new electoral, organizational and policy challenges.
  • Remodelling the UK polity: (De)Europeanization, devolution, and multi-level governance are promoting new national projects while delegating and dispersing powers from the centre through a ‘new localism’.
  • Managing the public household: including regulation, industrial policy, the economics of austerity, and politics beyond the crisis.  
  • Society and State: citizen-focused public policy, digital politics, the relationship between parliament and citizens, the politics of gender, civic participation, populism, immigration and culture, declining public trust, and the politics of public expectations.

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit:

Book proposals should be sent to the series editors:

Series editors:

Patrick Diamond, Queen Mary University, London

Tim Bale, Queen Mary University, London



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