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w20: Growth of the public sector /2547

week 20 – Public sector – lecture handout [pdf]

Primary reading

Chang, Ha-Joon (2014), Economics: The User’s Guide, London: Pelican books [ch 3]

Clark, T and Dilnot, A (2002), Measuring the UK fiscal stance since the Second World War, IFS, Briefing note 26

* Millward, R (2014), The growth of the public sector, in Floud, R, Humphries, J and Johnson, J (eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain vol 2 1870 to the present, Cambridge: CUP [pp387-415]

Background material

Crawford, R et al (2015), Public finances: a dicey decade ahead?, in Emmerson, C et al (eds), The IFS green budget, IFS/Nuffield Foundation, pp99-129

Lindsay, C (2003), A century of labour market change: 1900 to 2000, Labour Market Division – Office for National Statistics, March

Offer, A (2002), Why has the public sector grown so large in market societies? The political economy of prudence in the UK, c.1870–2000, University of Oxford Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History, no 44, March

O’Hara, G (2009), How (not) to cut government spending and reduce public sector debt, History and Policy: policy paper, Dec 1st

ONS (2017), Public sector net debt as a % of GDP, excluding public sector banks, Public Sector Finances time series dataset (PUSF), Jan 24th

Stewart, J (2008), The Political Economy of the British National Health Service, 1945–1975: Opportunities and Constraints?, Medical History, i52 pp453-470