The State in Business 1945 to the mid-1980s

  • Authors
  • William¬†Ashworth

Part of the Modern Economy and Society book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. William Ashworth
    Pages 1-16
  3. William Ashworth
    Pages 17-41
  4. William Ashworth
    Pages 42-58
  5. William Ashworth
    Pages 59-89
  6. William Ashworth
    Pages 90-163
  7. William Ashworth
    Pages 164-185
  8. William Ashworth
    Pages 186-208
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-240

About this book


By its large programme of nationalisation, the 1945 Labour government inaugurated a new phase in the history of state enterprise, which has been ended by the privatisations of the 1980s. This book looks at this forty-year phase as a whole, considering the motives for nationalisation and summarising the legislation and policies. It discusses the objectives set for publicly-owned businesses, the resources available to them, and their achievements and short-comings, and in doing so casts doubt on some of the cherished assumptions and slogans of both the left and the right in politics.


business coal communication labour privatisation telecommunications transport

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