Domestic problems under the Labour and Conservative Governments

1964-79

 

In this podcast Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield discusses the key reasons for the growing domestic problems under the Labour and Conservative Governments 1964-79 and looks at the effectiveness of their response.

1. Introduction - unemployment and relative economic decline.
2. The introduction of the comprehensive system, new redbrick universities, Open Universities and Polytechnics.
3. Challenges to the parties: Industrial disputes & the Industrial Relations Act.
4. Labour offer a ‘social contract'.
5. A sense of decay brought about by a declining economy but also a sense of change and possibility.
6. The Welfare State in a sentence...


Suggested Reading:

Keith Laybourn, Modern Britain: 1906-1979 A Reader with introductory essays  (London, I. B. Tauris, 1999).



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