Neville Chamberlain’s Domestic Policies. Social Reform, Tariffs and Financial Orthodoxy

Author: James, Micheal F.
Year:2010
Pages:304
ISBN:0-7734-3642-1
978-0-7734-3642-8
Price:219.95
This work redresses the imbalance in existing scholarship on Neville Chamberlain’s domestic political career. Most work on Chamberlain focuses on the three years of his Premiership from 1937 to 1940, neglecting the remainder of his career.

Reviews

"Mr James has performed a signal service in delineating and discussing Chamberlain’s domestic policy. Any subsequent debate on Neville Chamberlain, or the history of the Welfare State, or Britain in the Great Depression, will be enlightened by his quite fundamental analysis of Chamberlain’s domestic political career, an analysis founded on as near-objective and thoroughly researched an approach as it is possible to make." - Michael Simpson, Reader in History (Ret.),Swansea University

" . . . a useful essay on an important and misunderstood politician." - Peter Stead, Former Lecturer in History, Swansea University

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Tables
Foreword by Michael Simpson
Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology of Principal Events in Neville Chamberlain’s Life
Political Offi ces held by Neville Chamberlain
Dates of Ministries during the Period of Neville Chamberlain’s Political Career, 1911–1940
1 Introduction
2 Background and Formative Infl uences
Birmingham City Council, 1911–1916
Introduction
Housing and Town Planning
Lord Mayor
Conclusion
4 The New Conservatism
Introduction
Background to the New Conservatism
Policies of the New Conservatism
Rationale and Legacy of the New Conservatism
5 Minister of Health, 1923 and 1924–1929
Introduction
The Law/Baldwin Administration, 1923
Baldwin’s Second Administration, 1924–1929
Conclusion
6 Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1931–1937
Introduction
Balanced Budgets and the Treasury View
Abandonment of the Gold Standard and of Free Trade
Recovery, 1933–1937
Long-term Unemployment
Conclusion
7 Concluding Assessment
Appendix: A Note on the Origins and Nature of English Unitarianism
Glossary of Principal Terms
Notes
Bibliography
Index