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Margaret Thatcher Annotated Bibliography

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Annotated Bibliography

King, Anthony. “The Outsider as Political Leader: The Case of Margaret Thatcher.” British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Jul., 2002), pp. 435-454. Cambridge University Press

Summary: King engages primarily with the many ways in which Margaret Thatcher was different from her peers. She was a female leader in the conservative party. As the daughter of a grocer, she was from humbler origins than many of her fellows. He describes Thatcher’s sacking of disagreeing cabinet members, abandonment of a consensus seeking approach, disregard for institutional legacies, and other policies as the playing out of this outsider persona. He is effective in capturing and contextualizing the particular disdain that Thatcher possessed for the traditional and orthodox.

Loach Loretta. “Can Feminism Survive a Third Term?” Feminist Review, No. 27 (Autumn, 1987), pp. 23-35. Palgrave Macmillan Journals

Summary: Loach describes begins by describing why feminism is so intimately connected with the Social democrats. Then she discusses this connection in reference to Thatcherism which essentially neutered the Social Democrats as a party and removed socialism as an acceptable political ideology. She then considers the question of what feminism would look like without its socialist aspect. What is feminism in the era of Thatcherism?

Jaquette , Jane S. “Women in Power: From Tokenism to Critical Mass.” Foreign Policy, No. 108 (Autumn, 1997), pp. 23-37. Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, LLC

Summary: Jaquette argues that the current trend of women’s increasing participation in politics is having very real effects on political decision making. She says women are more likely to be concerned with so-called soft issues like human rights. They are more willing to regulate business to protect the consumers. Women are more pacifistic and are less willing to support defense spending. Women are more likely to care about the environment. Her analysis is interesting when applied to Thatcher because Thatcher bucks any of these stereotypes of feminine interests.

Fukuyama, Francis. “Women and the Evolution of World Politics.” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 77, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1998), pp. 24-40. Council on Foreign Relations.

Summary: Fukuyama uses the framework of evolutionary psychology to analyze femininity and masculinity in international politics. He specifically looks at how an effective political leader must draw from both sides of the spectrum in crafting their statesmanship. He uses this analysis to discuss the various ways in which Margaret Thatcher demonstrated masculine and feminine characteristics in her statecraft.

Harris, Kenneth. "Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: The Influence of Her Gender on Her Foreign Policy" in Women In World Politics. ed. D'Amico, F and Beckman, R P. Bergin & Garvey, 1995. pp. 59-69.

Summary: Harris attempts to analyze the extent to which Thatcher's gender influences her foreign policy. While seeing many of her actions as connected to gender (especially her special relationship with the US and Reagan) he warns against analyzing too much on the basis of gender. Overall Realpolitik might be a better framework for thinking about Thatcher's foreign policy.

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