The British Economy at the Crossroads: Ball on Britain

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Examines the underlying economic performance of the UK, assesses the current state of the economy and considers possible business, economic and political scenarios for the future. The text interprets lessons of the past, and offers a clear vision of economic futures.
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Overview

Examines the underlying economic performance of the UK, assesses the current state of the economy and considers possible business, economic and political scenarios for the future. The text interprets lessons of the past, and offers a clear vision of economic futures.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780273637028
  • Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Introduction
1 The British Economy Since 1945 1
Introduction 3
Post-war recovery 5
The years of prosperity 1950-73 8
Britain in the golden age 16
The years of turbulence 1973-79 18
Britain in the years of turbulence 22
The eighties 1979-89 24
Britain in the eighties 28
The recession in the nineties 33
Britain's economic performance 1960-95 34
2 Economic Growth 37
Introduction 39
The economics of growth 41
The role of public expenditure 45
Investment and the financial system 52
Social capability and human capital 62
Macroeconomic policy 67
Conclusions 71
3 Manufacturing Industry, Trade and Competitiveness 75
Introduction 77
Economic growth and manufacturing industry 78
Manufacturing output and employment 82
The balance of payments as a constraint on growth 87
The balance of payments in the post-war period 91
Growth, trade and competitiveness 97
The performance of manufacturing industry 105
4 Unemployment and Inflation 113
Introduction 115
Keynesianism 117
Monetarism 119
The re-emergence of unemployment 123
Unemployment policies 131
The labour market and unemployment in Britain 136
Inflation 145
5 Public Finance and the Role of the State 151
Introduction 153
The state and the economy 157
The role of markets 161
The principles of public expenditure and fiscal policy 166
Privatisation and regulation 171
Public expenditure in the United Kingdom 176
6 Britain in the World 183
Introduction 185
The Atlantic alliance 188
The Treaty of Rome and after 190
The Single Market concept 192
The Treaty of Maastricht 197
Monetary union 200
Is the Union working? 205
Britain in Europe 208
7 Britain at the Crossroads 213
Introduction 215
Public finance and the conduct of policy 220
The behaviour of markets 226
The market economy and the future of capitalism 233
Epilogue 240
References 243
Index 249
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