The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain

The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain
Library Shelf Location 10a.CHRI
Publication Date 2018

Much has been written about Britains trailblazing post-1970s privatization program, but the biggest privatization of them all has until now escaped scrutiny: the privatization of land. Since Margaret Thatcher took power in 1979, and hidden from the public eye, about 10 per cent of the entire British land mass, including some of its most valuable real estate, has passed from public to private hands. Forest land, defence land, health service land and above all else local authority land for farming and school sports, for recreation and housing has been sold off en masse. Why? How? And with what social, economic and political consequences? The New Enclosure provides the first ever study of this profoundly significant phenomenon, situating it as a centrepiece of neoliberalism in Britain and as a successor programme to the original eighteenth-century enclosures. With more public land still slated for disposal, the book identifies the stakes and asks what, if anything, can and should be done.

ISBN 9781786631589
Quantity 1
Pages 304p; 16.2 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
Author Brett Christophers
Format Hardback
Publisher Verso Books, London and New York
Category Planning and the Urban Environment
Keywords Privatization, Land
Language English

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