Years of recovery : British economic policy 1945-51

Alec Cairncross

Years of Recovery was the first comprehensive study of the transition from war to peace in the British economy under the Labour government of 1945-51. It includes a full account of the successive crises and turning-points in those hectic years - the coal and convertibility crises of 1947, devaluation in 1949 and rearmament in 1951. These episodes, apart from their dramatic interest, light up the dilemmas of policy and the underlying economic trends and pressures in a country delicately poised between economic disaster and full recovery. Many of the debates on economic policy that are still in progress - on incomes policy, demand management, the welfare state and relations with Europe, for example - have their roots in those years. Many of the trends originating then persisted long afterwards. The book also examines the interaction between events and policy and the role in a managed economy of the policy-making machine. Now that the public records are open to 1954, it has been possible to make use of official documents to review the possibilities of action that were canvassed and the thinking and differences of opinion that underlay ministerial decisions. Combining personal involvement with thorough research, this fascinating study will be a major contribution to our understanding of post-war economic policy. Alec Cairncross was Chancellor of the University of Glasgow and a former Master of St Peter's College, Oxford. He spent the years covered by this volume as a civil servant in London, Berlin and Paris before moving to Glasgow as Professor of Applied Economics. This classic book of some of his most brilliant research was first published in 1985.

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  • List of figures vii List of tables viii Preface xi part one one The post-war situation 3 two The years of recovery: an overview 17 three The machinery of government 47 part two four External economic policy: the background 61 five The American loan 88 six The convertibility crisis of 1947 121 seven Devaluation, 1949 165 eight Rearmament, 1950-1 212 nine Robot, 1952 234 ten Britain and Europe 272 part three eleven The planned economy 299 twelve Direct controls 333 thirteen The coal crisis 354 fourteen Manpower and the labour market 385 fifteen Fiscal policy, demand management and inflation 409 sixteen Monetary policy 427 seventeen Capital investment 446 eighteen Nationalization 463 part four nineteen Conclusions 499 Select bibliography 510 Index 519

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書名 Years of recovery : British economic policy 1945-51
著作者等 Cairncross, Alec, Sir
Cairncross Sir Alec
書名別名 Years of recovery
シリーズ名 Routledge library editions
出版元 Routledge
刊行年月 2006
版表示 New ed
ページ数 xiv, 527 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0415379725
NCID BA75586751
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス