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Public and Private Ownership of British Industry 1820–1990$
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James Foreman-Peck and Robert Millward

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203599.001.0001

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Introduction: Government and the Infrastructure in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Introduction: Government and the Infrastructure in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Government and the Infrastructure in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
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Public and Private Ownership of British Industry 1820–1990
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James Foreman-Peck

Robert Millward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203599.003.0001

Direct involvement of government at both local and national levels in the industrial activities of 19th- and 20th-century Britain is largely a story of infrastructure or network technology industries. The main thrust of this book is to report on some new quantitative estimates of the performance of various institutional arrangements and on the reasons for their rise and fall. The book assesses the performance of public utilities by comparing them with private utilities within the same industry. The book uses as a yardstick the performance of the same industries in continental Europe and the United States, and considers the experiences of different regions and urban areas. The book also charts and explains the growing role of government over the period c.1820–1980 with a postcript on the 1980s privatisations.

Keywords:   government, Britain, infrastructure, network technology industries, public utilities, Europe, United States, privatisations, private utilities

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