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The Politics of Planning: The Debate on Economic Planning in Britain in the 1930s

Daniel Ritschel


The idea of ‘economic planning’ was a central theme of the radical economic policy debate in the 1930s. Born of the inter-war economic crisis, the call for the reconstruction of the economy according to a ‘plan’ of one kind or another spanned practically the entire spectrum of the politics of the day. The fashion for planning is often seen as the seedbed of the Keynesian revolution and the ‘Butskellite’ consensus of the next decade. Yet ‘planning’ was neither uniformly Keynesian nor, in fact, indicative of political agreement over economic policy. Beneath the shared language of planning, the r ... More

Keywords: economic planning, inter-war economic crisis, reconstruction, Keynesian revolution, Butskellite consensus, middle way

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206477
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Ritschel, author
University of Maryland, Baltimore County