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British Economic Performance 1945–1975

British Economic Performance 1945–1975

Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521557900


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  • The debate over 'Britain in Decline' is one that still rages in the academic, political and public spheres. In this concise study, B. W. E. Alford takes issue with those economists who have a mechanistic approach to the subject. Instead, he examines Britain's economic development since the Second World War within a wider framework of political, social and cultural factors. He discusses topics such as post-war reconstruction, the theory of 'too few producers', the alleged process of de-industrialisation, the role of sterling, business organisation and management, labour relations and the impact of government policy on Britain's economic development. Professor Alford provides a clear introduction to the subject along with a survey of recent literature, yet shows how complex and deep-rooted are the causes of the 'British Disease'.

    • Puts current debates into a historical context
    • Provides both a critical survey of the subject and a concise introduction to the issues
    • Places economic history within a political, social and cultural framework
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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521557900
    • length: 138 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.19kg
    • contains: 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's preface
    1. The overall picture
    2. Post-war crises and reconstruction
    3. Industry: too few producers?
    4. The service industries
    5. Corporate structure, management and labour
    6. The role of sterling and the balance of payments
    7. Government policy and economic orthodoxy
    8. Virtuous or vicious circles?
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    B. W. E. Alford, University of Bristol

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