About the Project

‘Thatcher’s Pension Reforms and Their Consequences’ is an AHRC-funded project which will conduct research into fundamental reforms to Britain’s pension system implemented by the Conservatives in the 1980s.

The project is exploring the roots, construction, implementation, and consequences, both intended and unintended, of the many reforms undertaken by the Thatcher governments. At the core of the research is a detailed historical study of the battle between ideas, interests, and institutions that took place over the Conservatives’ proposals. The project is exploring the compromises that were forced in the implementation of policy; and delineating the legacy of the policy changes that resulted.

The project team is formed of social science historians who intend that the research to be inter-disciplinary, engaging with political science, social policy, and welfare economics.

The project is contemporary British history research at its leading-edge: taking advantage of the transition to a 20-year rule for the release of government papers and mining a rich seam of recently released primary material in other archives, in contemporary publications, and via oral history.

The project started work in October 2014 and was intended to run for four years, but following a few hiccups, is now expected to conclude in 2020.

You can find out more about the project by clicking the links below

The Project Team

Project Briefings

Advisory Board