British Export Performance: A Comparative Study

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 3, 2011 - Business & Economics - 260 pages
In this 1964 study, Dr Wells analyses, on a commodity and country market basis, the decline in Britain's share of world trade in some detail, setting out in tabular form the export performance of some twenty-five groups of commodities in thirty export markets. After offering some general explanations for the decline in the British share of world trade, the author considers the performance of some of Britain's rivals in the export field. He suggests that policies in these countries were more conducive to successful export performance than those adopted in the UK. In particular, he argues that the restrictive policies followed by the British government in the 1950s hindered exports. In the second part of the study, Dr Wells applies some of these ideas to selected British industries. In conclusion, he argues for greater emphasis upon growth policies, and suggests alternatives to the 'stop-go' economic policies of the 1950s.
 

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Contents

Some Facts and Figures
3
A Comparative Survey
21
Direct Investment Overseas
44
Comparative Export Prices
58
Domestic Economic Conditions and Export
66
Domestic Economic Conditions and Export
85
Domestic Economic Conditions and Export
99
Cars and Commercial Vehicles
117
Electrical Engineering
142
Pharmaceuticals page
161
Hosiery and Knitwear
179
Pottery
191
Conclusions and Prospects
198
Index
231
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