This book provides a fascinating re-assessment of our view of the Wilson governments of 1964-1970. This new text draws on newly available sources, across the range of British government, and for the first time looks at the whole range of political and state activity. This critical appraisal provides a fascinating case study of British government in action in this key period of British History.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the leading journal Contemporary British History. It is an excellent resource for students of governance, foreign policy, economics and social policy.
1. Introduction: New views of Labour and the 1960s 2. A Tale of Two Smiths: The transformation of Commonwealth policy 3. "O Mother is it Worth It?": Centre 42 and arts policy 4. Harold Wilson, the Labour Party and the Machinery of Government 5. Wilson and Rhodesia: UDI and British policy towards Africa 6. "Letting the Wolf Through the Door": Public morality, politics and "permissive" reform 7. "Dynamic, Exciting, Thrilling Change": The Wilson governments' economic policies 8. Finding a Role?: The EEC in Britain's foreign policy 9. Labour, Taxation and Modernisation 10. Social Security Under Wilson: A case of confusion and incoherence 11. In Place of Strife: Labour and trade union reform 12. Conclusion: From condemnation to assessment