Labour Governments and Private Industry

Labour Governments and Private Industry : The Experience of 1945-51

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This study examines the crucial period of the Attlee governments (1945-51) in which Labour and the private sector defined their policy towards one another, a period which has often been portrayed as the origin of many of Britain's long-term industrial problems. Ten contributors address three main themes: the extent to which Labour policies where socialist; the role of the Labour governments as a modernizing agency in the private sector; and the power of private industry to set parameters for government policies. They describe the policies intended for private industry (controls, productivity, monopolies, investment, taxation) and look at their effect on a range of industries including shipbuilding, cotton, the film industry and car manufacture. In part an introductory survey of key relevant debates to date, this book also presents the recent archival research of the contributors. This book should be of interest to those on undergraduate courses on 20th century British economic history, policy, or government-industry more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748603395
  • 9780748603398

Table of contents

Part 1 The policies: "The Reichstag method of governing"? - The Atlee governments and permanent economic controls, Neil Rollings; productivity policy, Jim Tomlinson; anti-monopoly policy, Helen Mercer; private industrial movements, Martin Chick; whatever happened to the British warfare state? - the Ministry of Supply 1945-1951, David Edgerton; taxation policy, Richard Whiting. Part 2 the sectors: the cotton industry - a middle way between nationalism and self-government?, Marguerite Dupree; the motor car industry, Nick Tiratsoo; the shipbuilding industry, Lewis Johnman; the film industry, Nicholas more