Cracks in the post-war Keynesian settlement? The role of organised business in Britain in the rise of neoliberalism before Margaret Thatcher

Rollings, N. (2013) Cracks in the post-war Keynesian settlement? The role of organised business in Britain in the rise of neoliberalism before Margaret Thatcher. Twentieth-Century British History, 24(4), pp. 637-659. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwt005)

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Abstract

This article modifies our understanding of the rise of neoliberalism in Britain by highlighting the links between neoliberal circles and organised business in Britain. It focuses on the role of two individuals who played an active role in both spheres as Economic Director of the Confederation of British Industry and its predecessor over the period 1955–73. Incorporation of this evidence shows that neoliberal intellectuals and think tanks were not always as isolated as commonly suggested. It also shows how business opinion was less united in its support for Keynesian and corporatist solutions than traditionally implied. This helps to explain why the neoliberal counterrevolution was able to occur so rapidly in Britain.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rollings, Professor Neil
Authors: Rollings, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Twentieth-Century British History
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0955-2359
ISSN (Online):1477-4674

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