The right and the recession

By Edward Ashbee

The right and the recession

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9082-0
  • Pages: 236
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies, Political science & theory, Political economy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy, Society & social sciences / Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Politics
  • Series: New Perspectives on the Right


The right and the recession considers the ways in which conservative activists, groupings, parties and interests in the US and Britain responded to the financial crisis and the 'Great Recession' that followed in its wake. The book looks at the tensions and stresses between different ideas, interests and institutions and the ways in which they shaped the character of political outcomes. In Britain, these processes opened the way for leading Conservatives to redefine their commitment to fiscal retrenchment and austerity. Whereas public expenditure reductions had been portrayed as a necessary response to earlier overspending they were increasingly represented as a way of securing a permanently 'leaner' state. The book assesses the character of this shift in thinking as well as the viability of these efforts to shrink the state and the parallel attempts in the US to cut federal government spending through mechanisms such as the budget sequester.


1. Charting the right
2. Intercurrence and its implications
3. The state and processes of change
4. Embedded neoliberalism
5. The advent of crisis and the building of narratives
6. Rallying round the Gadsden flag
7. Britain, austerity and the 'Big Society'
8. Chafing, abrasion and the contemporary right
9. A permanently leaner state?


Edward Ashbee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School

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