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April 25, 2018 / C H Thompson

  • New Right theory views people as free individuals able to make informed choices through market signals, eg maketisation, parentocracy and school league tables.
  • New Right ideas stress the importance of this individual responsibility rather than relying on the state eg private welfare provision.
  • Such a policy allowed Mrs Thatcher to introduce the principle of cuts in welfare provision which has accelerated since 2010
  • New Right thinkers question the value of so much state welfare and instead prefer the state to encourage self-reliance instead of welfare dependence
  • By rolling-back the state people will have greater individual freedom by having to pay less taxes, because the state has been ‘rolled-back’.
  • because the state is smaller, people will be ‘free’ from state interference; consequently stimulated to make society more dynamic, competitive and efficient



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