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Tuesday, 13 March 2012, 6:00PM
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Britain in the 20th Century: The Collapse of the Postwar Settlement, 1964-1979

Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

The 1960s saw a new course in British politics – the commitment of both major parties to entry into the European Community, as the European Union was then known, and a conversion to the doctrine of planning. This involved a greater degree of state intervention in the economy, together with the control of incomes and a recasting of the system of industrial relations. This caused problems which put the authority of government in question. In the February 1974 general election, voters were asked to resolve the issue of ‘Who Governs?’ Both Labour and Conservative administrations sought to assert themselves against the trade unions. When, in the ‘winter of discontent’ of 1979, it seemed that government had become too weak to do so, the postwar settlement collapsed.

This is a part of the lecture series Britain in the Twentieth Century: Progress and Decline. The other lectures in this series given during the 2011/12 academic year include the following:
    The Character of the Post-War Period
    The Attempt to Construct a Socialist Commonwealth, 1945-1951
    The Conservative Reaction, 1951-1965
    Thatcherism, 1979-1990
    A New Consensus? 1990-2001

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Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor was a Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Government at Oxford University.

He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometimes special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.

Professor Bogdanor's previous lecture series are as follows:

2017/18 British Political Parties

2016/17 The Monarchy

2014/15 Six General Elections

2013/14 Britain and Europe

2012/13 Making the Weather: Six Politicians Who Shaped Our Age

2010/12 Britain in the 20th Century

2007/09 From Roosevelt to Bush: The American Presidency: Transformation and Change

All of Professor Bogdanor's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

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13 March 2012

Britain in the 20th Century: The Collapse of the Postwar Settlement, 1964-1979
Professor Vernon Bogdanor FBA CBE

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