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Managing the Economy, Managing the People: Narratives of Economic Life in Britain from Beveridge to Brexit

Jim Tomlinson


The volume provides a distinctive new account of British economic life since the Second World War, focusing upon the ways in which successive governments, in seeking to manage the economy, have sought simultaneously to ‘manage the people’: to try and manage popular understanding of economic issues. In doing so, governments have sought not only to shape expectations for electoral purposes but to construct broader narratives about how ‘the economy’ should be understood. The starting point is to ask what goals have been focused upon; how these have been constructed to appeal to the population; an ... More

Keywords: economic policy, propaganda, popular understanding, inflation, unemployment, productivity, balance of payments, globalization, public spending, economic decline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jim Tomlinson, author
Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow