The fall of Margaret Thatcher left a legacy that was both
contested and divisive. During the 1990s, the Conservative Party, under the
impact of divisions on Europe and on economic
policy, began to fragment. But, after four election defeats, Labour, under Tony
Blair, who relabeled the party New Labour, seemed to be adopting some of the
main tenets of Thatcherism. To what extent was there a new consensus in the
1990s, and were the policies of the New Labour government, elected in 1997, an
extension of Thatcherism or a repudiation of it?
Vernon Bogdanor CBE is EmeritusGresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of theBritishAcademyand an Honorary Fellow of theInstituteofAdvanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor Fellow ofBrasenoseCollege, is Professor of Government atOxfordUniversity.
He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of theCzechRepublic,Hungary,Kosovo,IsraelandSlovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in theUnited Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometime special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir IsiaiahBerlinprize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.