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A Class Against Itself
Power and the Nationalisation of the British Steel Industry

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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521135467

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  • This study of the complicated disputes between 1945 and 1970 over the nationalisation of the British steel industry offers original insights into the distribution and exercise of power in a capitalist state. It examines in detail the ways in which the views of different classes and pressure groups in society were reflected in the history of steel nationalisation, and shows that the issue of nationalisation brought out inherent conflicts within the capitalist class. This class opposed the Labour governments' attempts to nationalise steel, but Doug McEachern shows that those attempts were in fact securing, perhaps unwittingly, the interests of capital. In this sense the opposition of capital to nationalisation made it a class arguing against itself, against its own long-term interests. Unlike many other studies of either power or the state, this analysis is based on the sustained assessment of the complex issues involved in a long-drawn out dispute about a policy of real social significance.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521135467
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Problems in the analysis of power
    2. State theory and the question of class interests
    3. The steel industry 1919–1945
    4. The first nationalisation of steel: conflicting proposals
    5. Steel nationalised and the role of power
    6. The denationalisation of steel
    7. Power in the period of public supervision
    8. The renationalisation of steel
    Conclusion: Government action and the power of private capital

  • Author

    Doug McEachern

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