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Capitalism in Contention

Capitalism in Contention
Business Leaders and Political Economy in Modern Britain

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  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588041

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  • Capitalism in Contention examines the ideas of business leaders on political, economic and ethical issues in modern Britain. Drawing on hitherto unexplored records and wide-ranging interviews, the book sheds new light on the Wilson, Heath and Thatcher periods, the "mixed economy" and the "New Right", the peak representative organizations of business, and business relationships with government. This book will be of value to students and scholars of political economy, economic history and business, and all those interested in the influence of an important actor in modern political life.

    • In-depth study of the political and social ideas of business leaders in modern Britain, and their influence on and reaction to government policy
    • Contains a mass of information from CBI, Institute of Directors, political party records, and interviews with leading business people
    • The first concentrated study on this subject in Britain
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "What a relief to have this book. I found its original and vivid presentation of the ideas of business timely, scholarly and stimulating. We need to have the issues Boswell and Peters bring back into focus debated again and again. How do we reconcile capitalism and democracy? What is the role of Business trying to behave as Citizen in a globalising society? Other cultures and other democracies will be struggling with these ideas of capitalism in contention." Sir Peter Parker

    "What a relief to have this book. I found its original and vivid presentation of the ideas of business timely, scholarly and stimulating. We need to have the issues Boswell and Peters bring back into focus debated again and again. How do we reconcile capitalism and democracy? What is the role of Business trying to behave as Citizen in a globalising society? Other cultures and other democracies will be struggling with these ideas of capitalism in contention." Sir Peter Parker

    "This book provides an innovative combination of archival research and theoretical analysis on the thinking of British business elites in the postwar years. It gives us a much greater understanding of the dynamics of these elites, and how their attitudes to economic and social life related to broader changes in the role of business in Britain. It has no serious rival in its field." Dr. Jim Tomlinson, Brunel University

    "...ventures into new territory...." David J. Jeremy, Business History Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588041
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Business social ideas in the making
    2. An adapted, moderated capitalism: the anatomy of revisionism
    3. Cooperation or conflict? Business and the Labour government, 1964–70
    4. Liberationist capitalism in the wilderness, 1960–75
    5. The peaks and precipices of revisionism, 1969–74
    6. Sytemic change in capitalism? The reconstructionists
    7. Turmoil, realignment and recovery: British business 1974–9
    8. Business and early Thatcherism
    9. New orthodoxy? Muffled dissent?
    10. The significance of business ideology.

  • Authors

    Jonathan Boswell

    James Peters

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