Type
Article
Title
Thatcher’s Children, Blair’s Babies, Political Socialization and Trickle-down Value Change: An Age, Period and Cohort Analysis
In
British Journal of Political Science
Author(s)
GRASSO Maria Teresa - (Author)
FARRALL Stephen - The University of Sheffield (Author)
HAY Colin - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
GRAY Emily - The University of Sheffield (Author)
JENNINGS Will - University of Southampton (Author)
Editor
GB : Cambridge University Press
Volume
49
Number
1 (First online: 2017-01)
Pages
17 - 36 p.
ISSN
00071234
Keywords
New Right, Political socialization, Political generations , Social attitudes
Abstract
EN
To what extent are new generations ‘Thatcherite’? Using British Social Attitudes data for 1985–2012 and applying age-period-cohort analysis and generalized additive models, this article investigates whether Thatcher’s Children hold more right-authoritarian political values compared to other political generations. The study further examines the extent to which the generation that came of age under New Labour – Blair’s Babies – shares these values. The findings for generation effects indicate that the later political generation is even more right-authoritarian, including with respect to attitudes to redistribution, welfare and crime. This view is supported by evidence of cohort effects. These results show that the legacy of Thatcherism for left-right and libertarian-authoritarian values is its long-term shaping of public opinion through political socialization.

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