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The Attlee years

A snowbound bus near Oldham in February 1947 - the extreme weather conditions reflect post-war austerity.
A snowbound bus near Oldham in February 1947 - the extreme weather conditions reflect post-war austerity.
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Following the Labour election victory in 1945, the trade unions collaborated with the Government in economic and social policy until 1951. This moved Britain in the direction of corporatism.

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Further reading

  • Tomlinson, J.R., Democratic Socialism and Economic Policy: the Attlee Years, 1945-1951 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)
  • O'Morgan, K., Labour in Power, 1945-51 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1984)