The Decline of the British Motor Industry (Routledge Revivals): The Effects of Government Policy, 1945-79

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Routledge, Sep 5, 2013 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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First published in 1980, this book considers the British motor industry over the period between 1945 and 1979, analysing the ways in which the industry suffered a considerable decline in the post-war era, when compared to motor industries of other countries or to most other British industries.

Rather than blaming labour and management, as has frequently been the case, the author argues that the decline can  be traced back to poor government policy. Tracing how, when and where government policies affected the industry, the book examines policies clearly directed at the motor industry, such as transport legislation and motor taxation. In addition the work considers the consequences of many policies which were targeted only indirectly at the motor industry as the author argues that whilst government policy may have succeeded in its aim, e.g. improving employment for the balance of payments, the motor industry may have suffered as a consequence.

Written in non-technical language, the reissue will be of interest to those concerned with post-war UK economic development, the UK motor industry in particular and the history of government policy in general.

 

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Contents

List of Tables List of Figures Preface
1855
Introduction
1856
TABLES
1858
The Nature of the Postwar Motor Industry
1863
An Apparent Success 194552
1878
Modest Progress 195359
1909
Stagnation 196069
1935
Decline 197075
1971
Balance of Trade 195277
1948
Starting Again in a New Order 197679
1974
Conclusion
1984
Selected Bibliography
2012
Index
2016
Copyright

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