The Schizophrenia of UK (De) industrialization Policy

Richard Woodward (Artist), James Silverwood (Artist)

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It is now over a decade since the run on Northern Rock augured the onset of a financial crisis whose reverberations are still being felt in the British political system. The response to the crisis, not least the austerity inflicted on the majority of the population, fanned the flames of social and economic discontent that found its political expression in the 2016 referendum decision in favour of leaving the European Union.

Brexit prompted another outbreak of soul-searching amongst the UK establishment about how to allay the plight of those ‘left behind’ or ‘let down’ by globalization. Against this background Theresa May’s turn to industrial policy, with its tacit acceptance of a role for the state in shaping economic outcomes, appears to mark the resurrection of the kinds of selective government intervention thought to have ended with the Thatcher administrations.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMcMaster University
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2018


  • industrial strategy
  • Brexit
  • Theresa May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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