Debating Coal Closures

Debating Coal Closures : Economic Calculation in the Coal Dispute 1984-5

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This book, published in the late 1980s, reproduces articles and reports which were written and gained prominence during the 1984-5 coal dispute in the UK. It is, however, more than a contribution to the history of that dispute and the associated debates about the viability and strategies of the NCB (now British Coal) and its constituent pits. The collection addresses more general issues of industrial and national policy and concerns about the interface of accountancy and economic calculation in industrial relations. The contributions offer contrasting approached to the identification and measurement of enterprise performance, including the value of accounting reports, the assessment of strategies to invest in new technology, the costs and benefits of alternative energy policies and the distinction between the national and enterprise interests. In addition, the editors' introduction and the authors' postscripts consider the contributions of these debates in relation to the progress and outcome of the coal dispute and thereby examine the relationship between politics, industrial muscle and calculative logics in industrial relations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 440g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521125979
  • 9780521125970
  • 2,638,259

Table of contents

1. Introduction: financial calculation in industrial and political debate D. J. Cooper and T. M. Hopper; Part I. The Economics and Accounting of the National Coal Board: 2. Pit closures: some economics G. Davies and D. Metcalf; 3. The costs and benefits of coal pit closures P. Minford and P. Kung; 4. The economic case against pit closures Andrew Glyn; 5. NCB accounts: a mine of mis-information? A. J. Berry, T. Capps, D. J. Cooper, T. M. Hopper and E. A. Lowe; 6. How large a coal industry? P. W. Robinson; Part II. Economic Strategies of NCB Management: 7. The economic case for deep-mined coal in Scotland G. Kerevan and R. Saville; 8. Aberystwyth report on coal T. Cutler, C. Haslam, J. Williams and K. Williams; Part III. Coal in Context: 9. Economic background to the coal dispute P. W. Robinson; 10. Nuclear power and the coal industry S. Fothergill; 11. The restructuring of the British coal industry A. Burns, M. Newby and J. Winterton; List of contributors; Index.
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