Observers of comparative political economy have outlined changes in the nature of capitalism that have since the late 1970s. It is suggested that full-employment capitalism was replaced by a finance-led capitalism centered on neo-liberalism (Harvey, 2007; Crouch, 2011). The financial crisis of 2008 reinforced the trajectory of finance-led capitalism and neo-liberalism. Central to this change is a process whereby the principles of deregulation and privatization were further embedded in the institutional framework of countries such as the UK. Recent contributions to this literature link together economic ...