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Consensus and the Corporate State

 Union leader Frank Cousins addresses the 1966 Labour Party Conference during the economic debate.
 Union leader Frank Cousins addresses the 1966 Labour Party Conference during the economic debate.
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The period between 1951 and 1970 is generally characterised by historians as one of consensus in which government, trade unions and industry participated in decision-making within a 'corporate state'.

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Further reading

  • Pelling, H., The History of British Trade Unionism (London: Macmillan, 1987)
  • Taylor, R., The Trade Union Question in British Politics: Government and the Unions since 1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993)
  • Middlemass, K., Power, Competition and the State, Vol. 1: Britain in Search of Balance, 1940-1961 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986)
  • Middlemass, K., Power, Competition and the State, Vol. 2: Threats to the Postwar Settlement, Britain, 1961-1974 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990)