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  • Introducing Government & Politics
    • UK politics divided into 3 since WW2
      • Post-war consensus: 1945-79
      • Thatcherism: 1979-97
      • Post-thatcherite consensus: since 1997
        • Tony Blair 1997 - 'New labour' - stated they wanted to carry on Thetcherism and not return to 'Old Labour', important constitutional  reforms, 'Blairism' (david cameron continued welfare provision
        • May 2010 election - coalition between Tory and Lib Dem (new phase in post-war politics?) public spending cuts ('age of austerity)
          • Conservatives mounted debt crisis in thatcherite terms - need for swift and robust reduction
        • Brown Labour Government: semi-nationalisation of a clutch of ailing banks, revive growth through Keynesian-style policy
          • Conservatives mounted debt crisis in thatcherite terms - need for swift and robust reduction
    • Post-war consensus:
      • Clement Attlee's Labour governments: 1945-51
        • new approach : Major Industries nationalised, Economy 'managed' by GOV with aim of no full employment (Keynesian Techniques), welfare state expanded -NHS etc
          • began to fall 70's. rising inflation, growing unemployment
            • Tony Blair 1997 - 'New labour' - stated they wanted to carry on Thetcherism and not return to 'Old Labour', important constitutional  reforms, 'Blairism' (david cameron continued welfare provision
      • Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Governments: 1979-90
        • 'Thatcher revolution', reversing all reforms made, e.g., making all industries nationalised back to privatized, tackle 'welfare dependency'
          • Thatcherism: 1979-97

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Old Sir

A simplified, but useful explanation of the three phases of UK government since 1945, students might find this a useful starting point in any attempt to understand the convergence and divergence of thinking in British politics during this era. It is important, however, to discover the historical contexts which added impetus to movements towards and away from consensus.

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