The economic stagnation and increasing inflation experienced by the developed economies of Western Europe, especially the British economy, from the late 1960s onwards, would provide the perfect backdrop for the attempt to completely renew the political-economic model then in force, as well as the opportunity for the implementation of new models and theories, based on the criticisms and solutions proposed by the thinkers of a nascent New Right. The main objective of this work is to analyze the development and evolution of the concept of citizenship within the discourse of the British Conservative Party during the governments of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990), John Major (1990-1997) and David Cameron (2010-2016). The study will seek to understand both the meaning of this idea within each conservative administration mentioned above, as well as to investigate, from a diachronic analysis, the ruptures, continuities, innovations and resignifications of the term within the conservative discourse, in this period that covers the end of the the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Thus, the study intends to reveal how the relationship between individual and State, citizen and institutions transformed, during a period of profound changes, ruptures and renewals, as well as to understand how their successive successes and failures would shape and remodel this concept, over the years, within the thinking of the party.
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