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Wage Politics in Britain

The Rise and Fall of Incomes Policies since 1945

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This readable and well-researched volume deals with the fundamental conflict in post-war British labour history between the desire of trade unions to remain collective bargainers free from state control and the needs of governments to contain wage–push inflation through incomes policies. It is a valuable contribution to an all-important debate that did so much to shape the character of Britain’s post-war political economy.
Robert Taylor, Financial Times


Hardback ISBN: 978-1-902210-91-9
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: September 2001
   
Page Extent / Format: 280 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No
   

 



Acknowledgements

1 Wage politics in Britain
2 What is to be done about wages? The Attlee governments, 1945–1951
3 Seeking conciliation and consensus: The Conservatives, 1951–1964
4 Through deflation and devaluation to despair: The Wilson governments, 1964–1970
5 The U-turn beyond Selsdon: The Heath government, 1970–1974
6 Seeking to sustain a social contract: The Wilson–Callaghan governments, 1974–1979
7 Back to free collective bargaining and beyond: The Thatcher–Major governments, 1979–1997
8 Towards New Labour, away from incomes policy: The Labour Party, 1979–2001
9 The rise and fall of incomes policy in Britain since 1945

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As a chronicle of the political debates surrounding incomes policies, this volume is as comprehensive and well-argued as one could hope for. It powerfully and vividly recreates the terms of the ideological and political conflicts … and will become the standard account of those developments.
Industrial and Labor Relations Review

A comprehensive analysis of the many attempts at incomes control that have been introduced by Governments of both persuasions since 1945.
The Business Economist

A much-needed reassessment of the history of income policies in Britain. It is an important book for those concerned with post-1945 British history, both political and economic, as well as for those interested in the history of industrial relations.
Chris Wrigley, Professor of Modern British History, University of Nottingham

This readable and well-researched volume deals with the fundamental conflict in post-war British labour history between the desire of trade unions to remain collective bargainers free from state control and the needs of governments to contain wage–push inflation through incomes policies. It is a valuable contribution to an all-important debate that did so much to shape the character of Britain’s post-war political economy.
Robert Taylor, Financial Times


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