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|A presentation and Q&A with Prof. Matthias Matthijs|
Venue: Flanders House, 1A Cavendish Square, London W1G OLD. Event starts at 19.30 sharp.
You are invited to a presentation and Q&A with Prof. Matthias Matthijs, author of the recently published book "Ideas and Economic Crises in Britain from Attlee to Blair (1945-2005)”.
Matthias Matthijs is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at American University’s School of International Service and Professorial Lecturer of International Economics and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
His doctoral dissertation, on which this book is based, was the winner of the 2010 Samuel H. Beer Prize for the Best Dissertation on British Politics by a North-American scholar, awarded by the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association.
During the period from 1945 to 2005, Britain underwent two deep-seated institutional transformations when political elites successfully challenged the prevailing wisdom on how to govern the economy. Attlee and Thatcher were able to effectively implement most of their political platforms. During this period there were also two opportunities to challenge existing institutional arrangements. Heath's 'U-turn' in 1972 signalled his failure to implement the radical agenda promised upon election in 1970, whilst Tony Blair’s New Labour similarly failed to instigate a major break with the 'Thatcherite' settlement.
Rather than simply retell the story of British economic policymaking since World War II, this book offers a theoretically informed version of events, which draws upon the literatures on institutional path dependence, economic constructivism and political economy to explain this puzzle. It will be of great interest to both researchers and postgraduates with an interest in British economic history and the fields of political economy and economic crisis more widely.