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The Politics of Decline

An Interpretation of British Politics from the 1940s to the 1970s




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The Politics of Decline by G. Fry
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Britain was victorious in the Second World War, and yet thirty years later she had many of the characteristics of a defeated nation. What went wrong? The Politics of Decline sets out the assumptions of the 1940s and clinically examines the records of successive Governments as they strove to run the country in the approved manner. The I.M.F. crisis of 1976 brought these efforts to a shuddering halt. Using original sources, this book marshals the evidence to support a compellingly written interpretation of events.

Author Biography

GEOFFREY K. FRY has been Professor of British Government and Administration at the University of Leeds since 1993. He has written several previous books, including 'Statesmen in Disguise' which has established itself as the standard history of the British Higher Civil Service, and other important academic works such as 'The Politics of Crisis', to which 'The Politics of Decline' is the successor volume.
Release date NZ
December 7th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
X, 307 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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