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Propaganda and the Role of the State in Inter-War Britain$
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Mariel Grant

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204442.001.0001

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Centralization Rebuffed: 1935–1946

Centralization Rebuffed: 1935–1946

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Propaganda and the Role of the State in Inter-War Britain

Mariel Grant

Oxford University Press

During the inter-war years the subject of government publicity was given consideration in a wide variety of spheres, as the importance of information and public relations to the democratic process was increasingly recognized. Official publications, ranging from George Newman's pronouncements on national health to the report of the 1928 Royal Commission on Museums and Galleries, focused on the State's responsibility to inform the public about available services and facilities. Although the government drew criticism for its seeming reluctance to undertake concerted and consistent publicity, it is apparent that by the 1930s many departments were active in this area. Changes in publicity expenditure are not as easily measured, because it was not until 1937–8 that a serious attempt was made to secure comprehensive figures. Moreover, in tabulating expenditure levels, departments used different criteria to define their publicity activities.

Keywords:   government publicity, public relations, official publications, George Newman, public expenditure

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