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Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy

The Political Economy of Britain in Crisis

Trade Unions and the Banking Sector

Authors: Kirkland, Christopher

  • Takes an original methodological view that crises are inherently constructed entities
  • Contends that agents have unequal power in times of crisis and crisis resolution
  • Links the crisis of 1976–9 and that of in terms of policy response to the former
  • Recasts the 2007 crisis as a British crisis in light of this understanding
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This book explores two recent crises in British political economy: the crisis of 1976–9, for which the trade unions were impugned, and the 2007 economic crisis, for which bankers were (at least initially) blamed. The author argues that the “crisis resolution” of the former – principally the Thatcherite reforms of the 1980s – led to the emergence of the banking crisis. Further, Kirkland demonstrates how narratives of blame have emerged and were used in both instances to promote specific agendas. Narrations of blame and crises were used to curb the trade union powers in the 1980s, whilst the 2007 crisis was quickly reframed as one of excessive government spending, which in turn has led to policies of austerity.

About the authors

Christopher Kirkland is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool, UK. His current research explores elections in British politics, in particular second-order and low turnout elections.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kirkland, Christopher

    Pages 1-51

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  • The Trade Union Crisis of 1976–1979

    Kirkland, Christopher

    Pages 53-103

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  • Placing the Thatcher Reforms in the Context of the Capital/Labour Relationship

    Kirkland, Christopher

    Pages 105-127

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  • The Financial Crisis of 2007

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    Pages 129-184

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  • Conclusions

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    Pages 185-202

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59238-1
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59237-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of Britain in Crisis
Book Subtitle
Trade Unions and the Banking Sector
Authors
Series Title
Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59238-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59238-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59237-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 207
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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