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The Liberal Party and the Economy, 1929-1964

Peter Sloman


This book explores the reception, generation, and use of economic ideas in the British Liberal Party between its electoral decline in the 1920s and 1930s and its post-war revival under Jo Grimond. Drawing on archival sources, party publications, and the press, it analyses the diverse intellectual influences which shaped British Liberals’ economic thought during the twentieth century, and highlights the ways in which the party sought to reconcile its progressive identity with its long-standing commitment to free trade and competitive markets. It shows that Liberals’ enthusiasm for public works ... More

Keywords: liberalism, Liberal Party, Keynesianism, neoliberalism, Britain, economic policy, planning, welfare state, market economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Sloman, author
Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History, New College, Oxford