Part 1 A nation in transition: a cultural revolution?-- the paternalist inheritance - Paternalism's Indian summer, the contradictions of paternalism, the paternalist distortion.
Part 2 The revolt against paternalism: early signs-- a revolt aborted-- seeds of revolution-- Thatcher's victory-- revolt on the left.
Part 3 The radical challenge: the revolution versus class-- a new middle class-- an international invasion-- in place of decline.
Part 4 The paternalist resistance: new battle lines-- the public sector resistance-- the High-Tory resistance-- an anti-modern culture-- the children of paternalism - a question of class, a question of worth, a question of accent, a ruling class-- "Culture" against the revolution-- an insular disposition - the bloodless intellectual remnant-- the constitution of the "ancien regime" - the taboo of monarchy, symbols and images of yore.
Part 5 The emerging democratic polity: an end to paternalism-- the new polity.