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In: The Labour Market Under New Labour


  • Richard Dickens

    (University of London)

  • Paul Gregg

    (University of Bristol)

  • Jonathan Wadsworth

    (University of London)


In the 20 years preceding the election of the Labour administration in May 1997, there had been many dramatic changes to the nature of labour market institutions and policy management in Britain. The long period of Conservative government had swept away many of the corporatist relations between the state, firms and unions. Incomes policies were abandoned. Trade union activities became highly regulated and restricted and union membership went into freefall. The tools of Keynesian demand management were thrown away and the basic tenets of US-style laissez faire capitalism embraced. The 30-year period after the war had produced growth and increased living standards in Britain, though to a lesser extent than in many other OECD countries. Significantly, most individuals appeared to benefit from this growth.

Suggested Citation

  • Richard Dickens & Paul Gregg & Jonathan Wadsworth, 2003. "Introduction," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Richard Dickens & Paul Gregg & Jonathan Wadsworth (ed.), The Labour Market Under New Labour, pages 1-13, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-59845-4_1
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230598454_1

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