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Politics and Economic Policy in the UK Since 1964: The Jekyll and Hyde Years

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by Michael J. Stewart
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Politics and Economic Policy in the UK Since 1964: The Jekyll and Hyde Years by Michael J. Stewart

Politics and Economic Policy in the UK since 1964: The Jekyll and Hyde Years examines the economic policies that have been pursued by successive governments in Britain since 1964 and how such policies have been influenced by two sets of factors: politics and Keynesian demand management. The two basic failures of British economic policy since 1964 are highlighted, namely, the failure to establish a workable long-term incomes policy and the failure to achieve a high and stable rate of industrial investment.
This book is comprised of seven chapters and begins with a background on the British economy until 1964, with emphasis on the economic problems faced by the country, including rising prices. The four basic objectives of economic policy to which both Labor and Conservative parties subscribe-full employment, a reasonably rapid growth rate, stable prices, and a satisfactory balance of payments-are discussed. The next chapter focuses on the Labor Party's 1964 Election Manifesto and how the economy fared from October 1964 to March 1966. Subsequent chapters evaluate the economic policies of the Labour government during the period April 1966-June 1970, including devaluation and incomes policy; economic policies adopted by the Conservative government from June 1970 to February 1974; and the country's economic situation since February 1974. The final chapter considers four factors-structural, technical, managerial, and political-that were responsible for much of what went wrong with the British economy since 1964.
This monograph will be of interest to economists, political scientists, politicians, and economic policymakers.

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Pages: 280
Size: 37.3 MB
Publisher: Pergamon
Date published:   2013
ISBN: 9781483136561 (DRM-PDF)

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