Peter Dorey here presents the most comprehensive, in-depth and original book of the 1964-1970 labour governments published to date.
This unique account examines a wide range of political issues and makes extensive use of primary sources recently released by the Public Records Office, including previously unpublished cabinet papers, ministerial correspondence, ministers' private papers and interviews with former ministers.
Peter Dorey analyzes the policies and intra-party debates of the era and the problems which ministers faced in the context of both external events, and the growing unrest amongst labour backbenchers.
Providing a systematic analysis of this key period in modern British history, contributions span economic policies, foreign affairs, social reform, liberalism, constitutional reform and territorial management, thus ensuring that this text is essential reading for researchers and students of politics and government.
Introduction 1. Labour in Opposition, 1951-64 2. The Social Background of Labour MPs Elected in 1964 and 1966 3. The Problem of Party Management 4. The Fabian Political Economy of Harold Wilson 5. From a `Policy for Incomes' to Incomes Policy 6. Industrial Relations Imbroglio 7. Policy Towards the EEC 8. Foreign Policy Beyond Europe 9. Whitehall Reform 10. Parliamentary Reform 11. Scottish Nationalism and Demands for Devolution 12. Welsh Nationalism and Demands for Devolution 13. English Regional Policy 14. From Indifference to Intervention: Labour and Northern Ireland 15. Education, Education, Education 16. Towards Public-Private Partnership: Labour and Pensions Policy 17. Immigration and Race Relations 18. Abolition of the Death Penalty 19. Homosexual Law Reform. Conclusion