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The Rise and Decline of the British Motor Industry

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  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521552837
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  • This book is a concise and lucid review of the strengths and weaknesses of the British motor industry during the one hundred years since its foundation. Placing the industry firmly in a European context, the author first assesses its achievements before 1960, and then tests the various explanations that have been offered to explain its decline in the past thirty years. He examines the role of government, of the trade unions, of management and of the multinationals, all of which have been seen as major players in the industry's demise.

    • Analyses the history of the British motor industry within a comparative European framework
    • Presents a critical re-evaluation of the explanations offered by historians and economists for the ultimate collapse of the British-owned motor industry
    • Written by a leading authority on the subject
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Church's book, like others in this series, is aimed primarily at students and secondarily at their teachers. ...anyone seeking an introduction to the British motor industry and a guide to further reading will find Church's book an excellent place to start." Robert Casey, Technology and Culture

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    • Date Published: October 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521552837
    • length: 156 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Origins of British Pre-eminence in Europe:
    1. The rise of the British motor industry before 1914
    2. War and its aftermath: gains and losses
    3. The framework of protection: demand at home and overseas
    4. Fordism and the British system
    5. The dynamics and limitations of 'personal capitalism'
    6. Fordism and the British approach to markets and marketing
    7. Debilitating environment: structures and strategies
    Part II. The Roots of Decline:
    8. Postwar pre-eminence: attainment and erosion
    9. Private investment and public policies: government and industry
    10. Manufacturing systems: management and labour
    11. The role of organised labour: strikes and productivity
    12. Industrial relations: Fordism and post-Fordism
    13. Fordist structure and strategy: the managerial organisation
    14. Industrial structure, organisation and corporate culture: the origins and performance of BMC
    Part III. The Vicissitudes and Collapse of a 'National Champion':
    15. Anatomy of a merger: the rise of British Leyland
    16. The effects of merger
    17. British Leyland's productivity dilemma: markets and productivity
    18. The nationalised champion: policies and personalities
    19. From nationalisation to privatisation
    20. Globalisation and the role of multinationals
    21. Explaining decline

  • Author

    Roy A. Church, University of East Anglia

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