The Thatcherite Offensive
A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis
Drawing upon Greek state-theorist Nicos Poulantzas, Gallas challenges both mainstream and critical accounts of British politics in the 1980s and 90s. He shows that Thatcherism’s success and novelty, indeed its unity as a political project, lay in the fact that the Thatcher governments profoundly shifted class relations in Britain in favor of capital and restructured the institutions underpinning class domination.
"The Thatcherite Offensive speaks directly to current expressions of authoritarian statism, and their contradictory role in advancing the neoliberal project. Thatcher’s government relied (in part) on authoritarian-type state strategies to undermine resistance to their broader economic project – Gallas provides the tools to analyse the strength of these regimes given their complex and problematic relationship with democracy."