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The politics of decontrol of industry: Britain and the United States

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During ​the First World War the British and American governments exercised unprecedented powers over their respective economies. Susan Armitage has examined three major industries involved in the processes of control and decontrol in the period 1916-21: the shipping, railway and coal industries of Britain and the United States. Policies of vigorous American intervention and limited British supervision during the war developed out of different pre-war approaches: on the one hand, progressive government action to curb economic monopolies in response to consumer pressure; on the other, liberal policies of social amelioration for the working class. The American approach left few problems after ther war and the failure of Congressional legislation to continue with pre-war progressivism can be explained by a lack of executive leadership after 1919. Post-war British difficulties stemmed from the way in which many industrial disputes became social issues. Lacking a coherent policy to link measures of social reform and economic recovery, the British government was forced to relinquish plans for an active role in the direction and development of the post-war economy. In using the recently opened British Cabinet papers the author has been able to throw new light on the facts of decision making and policy implementation. She has produced a pioneering political study of decontrol.

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Author(s):
Susan Armitage
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1969
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
029717827X
ISBN-13:
9780297178279
Number of pages:
213
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
The politics of decontrol of industry: Britain and the United States

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During ​the First World War the British and American governments exercised unprecedented powers over their respective economies. Susan Armitage has examined three major industries involved in the processes of control and decontrol in the period 1916-21: the shipping, railway and coal industries of Britain and the United States. Policies of vigorous American intervention and limited British supervision during the war developed out of different pre-war approaches: on the one hand, progressive government action to curb economic monopolies in response to consumer pressure; on the other, liberal policies of social amelioration for the working class. The American approach left few problems after ther war and the failure of Congressional legislation to continue with pre-war progressivism can be explained by a lack of executive leadership after 1919. Post-war British difficulties stemmed from the way in which many industrial disputes became social issues. Lacking a coherent policy to link measures of social reform and economic recovery, the British government was forced to relinquish plans for an active role in the direction and development of the post-war economy. In using the recently opened British Cabinet papers the author has been able to throw new light on the facts of decision making and policy implementation. She has produced a pioneering political study of decontrol.

Author(s):
Susan Armitage
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1969
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
029717827X
ISBN-13:
9780297178279
Number of pages:
213
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
The politics of decontrol of industry: Britain and the United States

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