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1st Edition

The Road to Full Employment

Edited By

Sean Glynn


Alan Booth

ISBN 9780367023577
Published August 1, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1987. This volume explores the inter-war unemployment problem and the development of economic and social policy in relation to that problem. Contemporary policies and levels of unemployment can only be compared with the inter-war period and in recent years economists and other commentators have increasingly turned their attention to the 1930s.

This book is written by a group of expert historians and policy analysts who have been in the forefront of recent research. In particular, new insights into economic policy which have come from the release of cabinet and departmental papers at The Public Record Office are revealed. Recent economic theory is also taken into account and the findings question established views on many grounds. New economic lessons from the 1930s are suggested and some astonishing similarities to the 1980s and demonstrated.

This work will be essential reading for students of modern British history and economic and social history as well as economic policy and government and politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Sean Glynn and Alan BoothPart One: The Nature of the Problem;  1. The Scale and Nature of the Problem Sean Glynn  2. The Social Consequences of Interwar Unemployment Noel Whiteside  3. Systems of Interwar Unemployment Relief Alan Deacon  4. Unemployment and Interwar Politics Alan Booth  5. Unemployment and Real Wages Forrest Capie  6. The Real Wage Debate and British Interwar Unemployment W. R. Garside  7. The Outlines of a Keynesian Solution T. J. HattonPart Two: The Policy Debate;  8. Keynes G. C. Peden  9. Treasury Policy on Unemployment Roger Middleton  10. Industrial Policy M. W. Kirby  11. Labour Policy Rodney Lowe  12. Real Policy Options Sean Glynn  13. The War and the White Paper Alan Booth;  Notes on Contributors;  Bibliography;  Index

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