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The Politics of Consumer Credit in the UK, 1938-1992

Stuart Aveyard, Paul Corthorn, and Sean O'Connell


Over a decade on from the ‘credit crunch’ and with recurring warnings of the potential for a repeat of that financial trauma, this book offers the first sustained historical investigation of the politics of consumer credit in modern Britain. It explains why, by the 1980s, Britain had the most diverse and liberalized consumer credit sector in Europe. This was the result of myriad factors and was not simply the product of a shift to neo-liberal thinking. The Politics of Consumer Credit in the UK explores how the UK government often struggled to manage the burgeoning consumer credit sector betwee ... More

Keywords: economic policy, consumer protection, consumer society, politics of affluence, consumer credit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198732235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Aveyard, author
Senior Lecturer in British/Irish History & Politics, Queen's University Belfast

Paul Corthorn, author
Senior Lecturer in History, Queen's University Belfast

Sean O'Connell, author
Professor of Modern British and Irish Social History, Queen's University Belfast