Wasted opportunities? the 1950s rearmament programme and the failure of British economic policy
- Park J.
- Issue Date
- SAGE Publications
- Journal of Contemporary History, Vol.32, No.3, pp.357-379
- The aim of this article is not to assess the impact of the defence programme, but to present the discussions on it and on the general economic situation. My focus here is not so much the reasons for the decline in the British economy but the discussions among officials, primarily at the Central Economic
Planning Staff (CEPS) and the Economic Section (ES). It was the CEPS headed by Edwin Plowden, and the ES under Robert Hall, which played major
roles in planning and implementing the defence programme, participating in
virtually all the official committees concerning it.
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