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From Depression to Devolution

Economy and Government in Wales, 1934-2006

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  • Language: English
  • EAN: 9781783169580
  • Published: 15 Feb 2017
  • Pages: 304
  • Size: 138mm x 216mm

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Throughout the twentieth century, Wales underwent rapid and far-reaching economic upheavals on such a scale that few avoided their impacts – from recessions, war, changing fortunes within the iconic steel and coal industries, the rise and decline of manufacturing, as well as the gradual rise to dominance of the service sector – the changes were as dramatic as was the intensity of attempts to deal with their consequences. Wales was a laboratory for government intervention in the economy, ranging from the attraction of investment and the clearance of land made derelict by industry, to the regeneration of urban areas. This is the first book to focus on these actions and to outline why, how and with what effect governments intervened, and it contains timely commentary as economic performance remains one of the most important issues facing contemporary Wales.

‘The first comprehensive study of government intervention in the Welsh economy in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, this book presents a searching analysis and evaluation of the changing nature of regional economic policy in Wales and its achievements and limitations. Richly detailed, engaging and often punchy and thought-provoking, it has been meticulously researched, drawing on a range of quantitative and qualitative sources as well as interviews with key personnel. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Wales in the twentieth century as well as in Wales’s present-day economic profile and the interactions between its politics, governance and economic policy.’ – Professor Bill Jones, Cardiff University

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