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The British Economy Since 1945: Economic Policy and Performance 1945 - 1995, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-631-19961-8
376 pages
December 1995, Wiley-Blackwell
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In this fully revised and updated second edition, Sir Alec Cairncross provides a lucid overview and analysis of British economic policy and performance from 1945 to the present. The author takes a chronological approach, introducing the events of the period with an account of changing ideas on economic policy and performance. He concludes with a survey of major developments over the period.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

General Editor's Preface.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.


1. Changing Ideas on Policy and Performance.

2. Reconversion, 1945-1950.

3. The 1950s.

4. The 1960s.

5. The 1970s.

6. The 1980s.

7. Epilogue: The Early 1990s.

8. Half a Century in Retrospect, 1945-95.

Appendix 1: Main Economic Events.

Appendix 2: Key Figures in Economic Policy, 1945-95.

Appendix 3: Definitions of Money.



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Author Information

Sir Alec Cairncross has alternated between academic life and government employment. He was Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Glasgow from 1951 to 1961, and Master of St Peter's College, Oxford from 1969 to 1978. In the 1960s he was Economic Adviser to Her Majesty's Government from 1961 to 1964 and thereafter Head of the Government Economic Service until 1969. He has held many further advisory posts and has published numerous books and articles on aspects of economic policy and performance, including Economics and Economic Policy (Blackwell, 1986).
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The Wiley Advantage

* Fully updated to take account of events up to 1995.
* Makes complex information easily accessible to the student and general reader.
* Author is an internationally-known authority in the field.
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