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Public and Private Ownership of British Industry 1820–1990

James Foreman-Peck and Robert Millward


Britain led the way for much of the world with industrial privatisation during the 1980s. Yet the historical origins of the process that was being reversed have rarely been examined. This is a study of public and private ownership in industries such as railways, gas, water, electricity, and telecommunications. Industries such as these rely upon a substantial physical distribution network that ‘channels’ their service from source to destination. They thus raise distinctive problems for government policy, as their requirement for some sort of unified system is incompatible with the coexistence o ... More

Keywords: Britain, privatisation, public ownership, private ownership, industries, physical distribution network, government policy, competition, industrial policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203599
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Foreman-Peck, author
St Antony's College, Oxford

Robert Millward, author
University of Manchester
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