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British Unemployment 1919-1939 : A Study in Public Policy - W. R. Garside

British Unemployment 1919-1939

A Study in Public Policy

Hardcover Published: 29th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521364430
Number Of Pages: 432

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Despite the dominance of unemployment in the historiography of interwar Britain, there is as yet no comprehensive single volume study of government reactions to the problem over the entire period down to 1939. British Unemployment 1919-1939 aims to fill that gap. W.R. Garside draws upon an extensive range of primary and secondary sources to analyze official ameliorative policy toward unemployment and contemporary reactions to such intervention. He assesses the nature and scale of interwar unemployment assistance. Careful study is also made of the impact of unemployment on related areas of economic concerns such as monetary and fiscal policy, industrial change, overseas trade, colonial development, labor supply and the impact of collective bargaining. Comprehensive, informative and clearly written, this book is the fullest account of policy responses to unemployment in the interwar period. It will be invaluable to specialists in recent British economic history and public policy, as well as an essential reference work for students coming to the subject for the first time.

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"Written from the perspective of a historian rather than a social scientist, its strengths lie in careful compilation of details from the archives and accurate summarization of the secondary literature, particularly that of the period." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "...well-organized and clearly written...the best available comprehensive guide to the crucial problem of unemployment and public policy during the period...provide[s] us with a much better understanding of the unemployment problem between the wars and the revolution in economic thought and policy that it helped spawn." Gerard M. Koot, American Historical Review "...this book is a delight and much needed...a first rate work..." Bentley Brinkerhoff Gilbert, Journal of Economic Literature

List of tables
The nature, causes and dimensions of interwar unemployment
The Labour Market under Strain
Defensive action: unemployment relief and public assistance 1919-1932
Means to an end: insurance, assistance and the categorization of the unemployed, 1932-1939
In and out of the labour market: hours of work, pensions and the school-leaving age
The International Context
On and off gold: unemployment, monetary policy and the exchange rate
Trade, tariffs and the stimulation of exports
Men, money and markets: the 'Empire solution' to unemployment, 1919-1931
Structural Unemployment, Industry and the Regions
Industrial revival and reconstruction
Uneven development: regional policy, labour transference and industrial diversification
Macroeconomic Policy Options: Theory and Practice
Pricing jobs: the real wage debate and interwar unemployment
Relief or remedy? The development of public works policy, 1920-1932
The limits of intervention: budgetary orthodoxy and the reduction of unemployment in the 1920s
New deal or no deal? Fiscal policy and the search for stability, 1930-1939
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ISBN: 9780521364430
ISBN-10: 0521364434
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 29th June 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.8