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Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution...
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Nicholas Crafts (University of Warwick)
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Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution to the Financial Crisis

Nicholas Crafts (University of Warwick)


9781108438162

Cambridge University Press


Economic growth;
Economic history


Paperback

160 pages

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To what extent has the British economy declined compared to its competitors and what are the underlying reasons for this decline? Nicholas Crafts, one of the world's foremost economic historians, tackles these questions in a major new account of Britain's long-run economic performance. He argues that history matters in interpreting current economic performance, because the present is always conditioned by what went before. Bringing together ideas from economic growth theory and varieties of capitalism to endogenous growth and cliometrics, he reveals the microeconomic foundations of Britain's economic performance in terms of the impact of institutional arrangements and policy choices on productivity performance. The book traces Britain's path from the first Industrial Revolution and global economic primacy through to its subsequent long-term decline, the strengths and weaknesses of the Thatcherite response, and the improvement in relative economic performance that was sustained to the eve of the financial crisis.

By:   Nicholas Crafts (University of Warwick)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9781108438162
ISBN 10:   1108438164
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicholas Crafts is Professor of Economic History at the University of Warwick. His many publications include The Great Depression of the 1930s: Lessons for Today (2013), co-edited with Peter Fearon, Work and Pay in 20th Century Britain (2007), co-edited with Ian Gazeley and Andrew Newell, and British Economic Growth during the Industrial Revolution (1985).


'A magisterial bird's eye interpretation of the vast and complex literature on British economic performance since the Industrial Revolution till the present day. Only a scholar of Crafts's learning and wisdom could have accomplished so much in a short book.' Joel Mokyr, author of The Enlightened Economy: an Economic history of Britain, 1700-1850 'Really superb - a magnificent achievement. It is difficult to find a more readable history of British economic growth from early industrialization until the present digital revolution. Crafts' book will be read by anyone interested in the interrelationship between economic performance and institutional legacies and government policies. His main conclusions represent an original voice that provides important lessons for the post-Brexit era.' Herman de Jong, University of Groningen 'Essential reading on the UK experience of economic growth from Industrial Revolution to the recent financial crisis. A synthesis of the latest empirical research across a broad range of disciplines assessed through the framework of modern economics, this book identifies long-standing deficiencies in the operation of the economy, and shows 'history matters'.' Sara Horrell, University of Cambridge `A magisterial bird's eye interpretation of the vast and complex literature on British economic performance since the Industrial Revolution till the present day. Only a scholar of Crafts's learning and wisdom could have accomplished so much in a short book.' Joel Mokyr, author of The Enlightened Economy: an Economic history of Britain, 1700-1850 `Really superb - a magnificent achievement. It is difficult to find a more readable history of British economic growth from early industrialization until the present digital revolution. Crafts' book will be read by anyone interested in the interrelationship between economic performance and institutional legacies and government policies. His main conclusions represent an original voice that provides important lessons for the post-Brexit era.' Herman de Jong, University of Groningen `Essential reading on the UK experience of economic growth from Industrial Revolution to the recent financial crisis. A synthesis of the latest empirical research across a broad range of disciplines assessed through the framework of modern economics, this book identifies long-standing deficiencies in the operation of the economy, and shows `history matters'.' Sara Horrell, University of Cambridge

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