The Heath Government 1970-74: A Reappraisal

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Routledge, Jan 14, 2014 - History - 440 pages
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Only now is it possible to see Edward Heath's controversial administration (1970-1974) in balanced historical perspective - and increasingly it seems a turning-point for postwar Britain. This timely volume explores the agenda of the Heath government in all its aspects (including economy, industrial relations, social policy, immigration, Northern Ireland, British entry into Europe, and foreign relations), assesses how far it achieved its aims, and examines the response to them. The book is based upon much new research, including the archives of the Conservative Party and the TUC, and interviews with many of those involved at the heart of government. The result will be essential reading for anyone interested in modern British history, politics and government.


Contributors include PAUL ARTHUR, LEWIS BASTON, VERNON BOGDANOR, ALEC CAIRNCROSS, CHRISTOPHER HILL, DENNIS KAVANAGH, ZIG LAYTON-HENRY, CHRISTOPHER LORD, RODNEY LOWE, JOHN RAMSDEN, ROBERT TAYLOR, KEVIN THEAKSTON, JOHN YOUNG.


 

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Contents

1 The Heath government in history
1
2 The Prime Minister and the making of policy
21
3 Number 10 under Edward Heath
47
4 The Heath government Whitehall and the civil service
75
5 The Heath government and the British economy
107
6 The Heath government industrial policy and the New Capitalism
139
myth and reality
161
8 The social policy of the Heath government
191
11 The Heath government and British entry into the European Community
259
12 The foreign policy of the Heath government
285
13 The Conservative Party and the Heath government
315
the calling of the February 1974 election
351
15 The fall of Heath and the end of the postwar settlement
371
16 A chronology of the Heath government
391
The Heath Cabinet 19701974
407
Index
411

9 Immigration and the Heath government
215
10 The Heath government and Northern Ireland
235

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