Transgressing the moral economy: Wheelerism and management of the nationalised coal industry in Scotland

Perchard, A. and Phillips, J. (2011) Transgressing the moral economy: Wheelerism and management of the nationalised coal industry in Scotland. Contemporary British History, 25(3), pp. 387-405. (doi:10.1080/13619462.2011.597550)

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Abstract

This article illuminates the links between managerial style and political economy in post-1945 Britain, and explores the origins of the 1984–1985 miners' strike, by examining in longer historical context the abrasive attitudes and policies of Albert Wheeler, Scottish Area Director of the National Coal Board (NCB). Wheeler built on an earlier emphasis on production and economic criteria, and his micro-management reflected pre-existing centralising tendencies in the industries. But he was innovative in one crucial aspect, transgressing the moral economy of the Scottish coalfield, which emphasised the value of economic security and changes by joint industrial agreement.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in: Perchard, A. and Phillips, J. (2011) Transgressing the moral economy: Wheelerism and management of the nationalised coal industry in Scotland. Contemporary British History, 25 (3). pp. 387-405. Contemporary British History is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2011.597550
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Phillips, Dr Jim
Authors: Perchard, A., and Phillips, J.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Contemporary British History
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1361-9462
ISSN (Online):1743-7997
Published Online:16 August 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Contemporary British History 25(3):387-405
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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