By Astrid Ringe, Neil Rollings and Roger Middleton

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'Thirteen long years; thirteen wasted years' was the famous Labour Party verdict on the Conservative governments of 1951-64. Was this just a period of dullness and failure? Historians are now becoming aware of the complexities of policy-making in these years and the 'great reappraisal' of economic policy that resulted in considerable policy innovation.

Complementing Paul Brigden's and Rodney Lowe's Welfare Policy under the Conservatives, 1951-64 (PRO, 1998), it provides an essential basis for contemporary historians and other social scientists to understand better the history of Britain since 1945.

Published by the Institute of Historical Research and The National Archives, 2004

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