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Work and Pay in 20th Century Britain

Nicholas Crafts, Ian Gazeley, and Andrew Newell


This book charts the immense transformation of work and pay across the 20th century and provides a labour-focused history of Britain. It has been written by British historians and economists. Each chapter stands as a self-contained reading providing an overview of each topic. The chapters also give an introduction to and analysis of the controversies among scholars at the current time. The 20th century was a period of unrivalled change in the British labour market. Technology, social movements, and political action all contributed to an increased standard of living, while also revolutionizing ... More

Keywords: labour-focused, labour market, technology, social movements, political action, standard of living, work patterns, education, unemployment, welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212668
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212668.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Crafts, editor
Professor of Economic History, University of Warwick
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Ian Gazeley, editor
Senior Lecturer in Economic History, University of Sussex
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Andrew Newell, editor
Head of the Department of Economics and Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex
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Front Matter


Ian Gazeley and Andrew Newell

1 Living standards

Nicholas Crafts

2 Structural Change

Andrew Newell

4 Wages and Wage Inequality, 1970–2000

Florence Kondylis and Jonathan Wadsworth

5 Work over the Life Course

Paul Johnson and Asghar Zaidi

7 Women and Work since 1970

Sara Connolly and Mary Gregory

9 Industrial Relations

Chris Wrigley

10 Unemployment

Ian Gazeley and Andrew Newell

End Matter