A tale of two nationalisations: experiences of post 1945 public ownership in the UK and France compared

Cumbers, A. (2019) A tale of two nationalisations: experiences of post 1945 public ownership in the UK and France compared. International Journal of Public Policy, 15(1/2), pp. 5-20. (doi: 10.1504/IJPP.2019.099047)

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As public ownership comes back into fashion following the failings and growing contradictions of neoliberal processes of marketisation and privatisation, it is important to learn the lessons for public policy from earlier processes of nationalisation. In this article, I compare the post 1945 experiences of nationalisation in the UK and France. Both countries underwent sweeping processes of nationalisation in the aftermath of the Second World War amidst a broader international shift towards a more state driven model of economic development under capitalism. However, the two experiences of nationalisation diverged considerably, reflecting underlying differences in past forms of economic development, the different balance of class forces and the integration of each country into the broader global economy. The article suggests that these experiences remind us of the importance of a variegated perspective on the evolution of capitalism, distinctive political-economic trajectories and situating major policy shifts in time and space.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Cumbers, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Journal of Public Policy
ISSN (Online):1740-0619
Published Online:29 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Inderscience
First Published:First published in International Journal of Public Policy
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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