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Conservatives and citizenship: the history of a concept in Thatcher (1979-1990), Major (1990-1997) and Cameron (2010-2016) governments

Grant number: 19/01364-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): October 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal Investigator:Francisco Carlos Palomanes Martinho
Grantee:Lenon Campos Maschette
Supervisor: Mark Alan Garnett
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Lancaster University, England  
Associated to the scholarship:18/01521-8 - Conservatives and citizenship: the history of a concept in Thather (1979-1990), Major (1990-1997) and Cameron (2010-2016) governments, BP.DR


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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