1st Edition

Industrial Efficiency and State Intervention Labour 1939-1951

    Nick Tiratsoo and Jim Tomlinson describe and assess the Labour Party's development of a policy of improving industrial efficiency. They concentrate on the debates and initiatives of the wartime period and subsequent implementation of policy under Attlee.
    The book modifies existing historiography in two ways - it shows that the Labour Party of 1945-51 was concerned mainly with industrial modernization, not with creating the Welfare State, and it tackles the consequently necessary re-evaluation of wider theories about Britain's economic decline.

    Chapter 1 British industry, state intervention and Labour politics, 1900–39; Chapter 2 The production crisis, productivity, and the rise of the management question, 1941–4; Chapter 3 Debates and initiatives, 1944–5; Chapter 4 Early post-war efforts, 1945–7; Chapter 5 Human relations and productivity, 1947–51; Chapter 6 The management question again, 1947–51; Chapter 7 The ‘Americanisation’ of productivity, 1948–51; Chapter 8 Evaluation and implications; Notes; Index;


    Nick Tiratsoo is Lecturer in Social History at the University of Warwick and Visitor in the Business History Unit at the LSE.,
    Jim Tomlinson is Reader in Economic History at Brunei University and Visitor in the Business History Unit at the LSE.

    `This book is a significant contribution to the long running debate on the nature and existence of the `British disease' and its consequences for national economic decline.' - Political Studies