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MacDonald's Party: Labour Identities and Crisis 1922-1931

David Howell


The Labour Party became a major political force in Britain during the 1920s. It unexpectedly entered office as a minority government in 1924; five years later as the largest party in the Commons it took office again. For many the party's enhanced status was associated closely with its leader, Ramsay MacDonald. The years of optimism were destroyed by rising unemployment; in August 1931, the second Labour Government faced pressures for public expenditure cuts in the midst of a financial crisis. The Government collapsed, and MacDonald led a new administration composed of erstwhile opponents and a ... More

Keywords: Labour Party, political force, minority government, Ramsay MacDonald, unemployment, public expenditure, financial crisis, Britain, cultural identities

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203049.001.0001


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David Howell, author
Professor of Politics, University of York
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