The Planning Fervour of 1959–1964

  • Glen O’Hara


Planning’s popularity surged anew in the early 1960s, mainly because Britain appeared to be in need of concerted modernisation. The proliferation of international agencies to help manage the post-war capitalist economies meant that increasing amounts of economic and social information were available, and by 1960 comparisons with other countries made Britain’s record look less than encouraging. During the 1950s the UN and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, later to become the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, started to produce data on national income, industrial production, productivity and each country’s share in world trade. Though this was not entirely novel, the fact that such data was now standardised made them more convincing. On almost every measure, Britain was lagging behind other comparable European countries such as West Germany and France. The gap between overall growth rates was particularly noticeable, and can be seen in Figure 2.1.1


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