From Dreams To Disillusionment: Economic and Social Planning in 1960s Britain

Hardcover | January 9, 2007

byGlen O'hara

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From Dreams to Disillusionment is the first book to cover the planning experiment of the 1960s in full historical detail, using newly-released government documents to explain the rise and fall of the idea. Other countries' planners made the approach seem successful; the appeal of rational, scientific, long-term blueprints attracted both Labour and Conservative thinkers. However, the experiment eventually failed, doomed to disappoint given unrealistic expectations, lack of time and an overburdened government.

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From Dreams to Disillusionment is the first book to cover the planning experiment of the 1960s in full historical detail, using newly-released government documents to explain the rise and fall of the idea. Other countries' planners made the approach seem successful; the appeal of rational, scientific, long-term blueprints attracted bo...

GLEN O'HARA is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.72 × 5.64 × 0.84 inPublished:January 9, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230013473

ISBN - 13:9780230013476

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Charts * Acknowledgements * Introduction * The Planning Fervour of 1959-1964 * Macroeconomic Planning * Planning the Public Sector * Regional Planning * Housing * Health Care and the NHS * Conclusion: Governance, Choice and History * Bibliography

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“O'Hara's case studies powerfully document the rise of a planning dream driven by twin obsessions with investment and technology, and its fall when these could not overcome entrenched difficulties.”
-- Matthew Grant, Political Quarterly