First published in 1980, this book considers the British motor
industry over the period between 1945 and 1979, analysing the ways
in which the industry suffered a considerable decline in the
post-war era, when compared to motor industries of other countries
or to most other British industries.
Rather than blaming labour and management, as has frequently
been the case, the author argues that the decline can be traced
back to poor government policy. Tracing how, when and where
government policies affected the industry, the book examines
policies clearly directed at the motor industry, such as transport
legislation and motor taxation. In addition the work considers the
consequences of many policies which were targeted only indirectly
at the motor industry as the author argues that whilst government
policy may have succeeded in its aim, e.g. improving employment for
the balance of payments, the motor industry may have suffered as a
Written in non-technical language, the reissue will be of
interest to those concerned with post-war UK economic development,
the UK motor industry in particular and the history of government
policy in general.
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