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The Boards of UK Nationalised Industries and Their Members c.1950–c.1979

  • Neil Rollings
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Part of the Central Issues in Contemporary Economic Theory and Policy book series (CICETP)

Abstract

The appointment of board members to private companies has received considerable academic attention. The same cannot be said for state-owned enterprises. This chapter explores the issues raised in the appointment of board members for the nationalised industries in Britain in the post-war period. It shows that such appointments were perceived to be important, but that the appointment process remained flawed and problematic despite numerous attempts at reform. It is suggested that the lack of conformity in perceptions of the role of these boards and the desirable characteristics of a good manager in the nationalised industries stymied these efforts at reform.

Keywords

State-owned enterprises Governance UK Post-1945 

JEL Classification

L32 N44 N84 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil Rollings
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  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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