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Data-driven government: the triumph of Thatcherism or the revenge of society

Data-driven government: the triumph of Thatcherism or the revenge of society
Data-driven government: the triumph of Thatcherism or the revenge of society
My purpose in this chapter is to understand Thatcher's statement that "there is no such thing as society", first of all in terms of the conservative thinking of the time, and secondly, in relation to more recent developments in technology and government. I will argue that Thatcher’s position is somewhat cruder than those of her contemporaries, and that the problems with her position become clear when it fails to provide an adequate critique of the current rise of data-driven government.
Thatcherism, Margaret Thatcher, Big Data, Individualism, Conservatism, Surveillance capitalism, data-driven agency, Digital modernity, Conservative Party
55-74
Palgrave Macmillan
O'hara, Kieron
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Mullen, Antony
Farrall, Stephen
Jeffery, David
O'hara, Kieron
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Mullen, Antony
Farrall, Stephen
Jeffery, David

O'hara, Kieron (2020) Data-driven government: the triumph of Thatcherism or the revenge of society. In, Mullen, Antony, Farrall, Stephen and Jeffery, David (eds.) Thatcherism in the 21st Century: the Social and Cultural Legacy. Cham. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 55-74. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-41792-5_4).

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My purpose in this chapter is to understand Thatcher's statement that "there is no such thing as society", first of all in terms of the conservative thinking of the time, and secondly, in relation to more recent developments in technology and government. I will argue that Thatcher’s position is somewhat cruder than those of her contemporaries, and that the problems with her position become clear when it fails to provide an adequate critique of the current rise of data-driven government.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 25 July 2020
Published date: 22 August 2020
Keywords: Thatcherism, Margaret Thatcher, Big Data, Individualism, Conservatism, Surveillance capitalism, data-driven agency, Digital modernity, Conservative Party

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Local EPrints ID: 443481
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443481
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ORCID for Kieron O'hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456

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Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 07:16

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