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How Similar was Thatcherism To Traditional Conservatism?

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The economic aspects also adhere to traditional conservatism as it was the founding thinkers such as Benjamin Disraeli who pursued the preservation of the upper classes, and it was these group which would benefit from these policies. Another hallmark of Thatcherism was her stance on Trade Unions. Prior to her coming to power, the Trade Unions had become too powerful and held substantial leverage over the government and its actions, and because of this a breakdown of order occurred, therefore change was needed. Thatcher reduced their power, made them unlawful if they had a political aim, made them internally democratic and most importantly, the legal immunity they enjoyed was ended. This policy although could be argued along the ideological lines of conservatism that this contradicted the organic society, it does however reiterate the pragmatic nature of Thatcher s doctrine, which itself is central to traditional conservatism. However it does conform to past Conservative governments such as Disraeli by preventing or diminishing workers rights, as traditionally Conservatives are those in a higher status within society, therefore this could be interpreted as continuing the traditional conservative tradition, as it only benefited the higher classes and those higher in the workplace. This policy could also be linked to the idea of tradition and preservation, preservation of the status quo of a firm hierarchical society which was maintained through this policy. ...read more.

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This aspect of the ideology places emphasis on patriotism, authoritarian stance on crime and also advocate the protection of traditional moral values . This is in contrast to most aspects of the new right as it conforms to the usual characteristics of traditional conservatism. This continuation shows that in essence Thatcherism was traditional conservatism, yet with a pragmatic and empirical approach to the past problems of Britain in terms of socio-economics. What has been highlighted from the aforementioned aspects of Thatcherism is that although it differs in many areas from traditional conservative thought, it adheres to a set of ideas that deny ideology and reject the dogmatic approach that other ideologies do. Therefore it is necessary to conclude that Thatcherism is merely a modern equivalent of traditional conservatism, through its usage of political pragmatism and empiricism . ty she was enforcing. Therefore, traditional conservatism was being used were possible and hence adds to the $&����� ' t-H J **�2�2j9l9 =�=AA-A A"A$A&A���������������������������(2�"'(� �) @�S "&��A"A&A���~���* "��" $� * "�!" $� $" $� " ������-�� "� " tt&AB&AD@���,Times New Roman Calibri�' " " "�����XX�KMicrosoft XPS Document Writer�X�� 4dXXA4����DINU"L ��r SMTJMicrosoft XPS Document WriterInputBinFORMSOURCERESDLLUniresDLLInterleavingOFFImageTypeJPEGMedOrientationPORTRAITCollateOFFResolutionOption1PaperSizeLETTERColorMode24bpp MXDW1winspoolMicrosoft XPS Document WriterXPSPort:F�� "\�"�'"�V "$c"�` "�`""A."@��"\�"�"�V "$c"�` "�`"."Thatcher Essay.wps""�p"�p (" )"h as the aforementioned areas policy show contradict traditional conservatism, but were an essential pragmatic measure by Thatcher. The last aspect of Thatcherism is the rise of neo-conservatism. Th�� �����Z� ��� �O�2�Quill96 Story Group Class�����9�qyo�yo�yo� ...read more.

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