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The productivity race [electronic resource] : British manufacturing in international perspective 1850-1990 /
S.N. Broadberry.
imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
description
xxv, 451 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
052158440X
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
isbn
052158440X
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8371095
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 400-431) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
This impressive monograph focuses primarily on British labor productivity in manufacturing and in comparison to the US and Germany. Synthesizing a series of major articles in leading journals that he has written or coauthored, Broadberry argues that since at least 1870 British labor productivity in manufacturing has been only about half the American level but about the same as the German level, although there have been sustained fluctuations associated with major wars. The key factor in the transatlantic productivity gap was the difference between American "mass production" and British (and European) "flexible production," related in turn to American acceptance of standardized goods, British abundance of skilled shop floor labor, and path dependent technologies. Broadberry concludes that British economic performance was better than usually believed, and he rejects the thesis of British entrepreneurial failure. This outstanding monograph makes a notable contribution to our understanding of Western as well as British economic development. Analyzing all major industries in detail and deftly considering a wealth of historical and theoretical issues, this work is essential for economic historians, graduate students, and many economists. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. J. P. McKay Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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‘This book … should be a major souce of reference for researchers.’S. Srinivasan, University of Southampton
"This outstanding monograph makes a notable contribution to our understanding of Western as well as British economic development....this work is essential for economic historians, graduate students, and many economists." Choice
"This book presents a magisterial survey of the record of manufacturing productivity in Britain since the mid-nineteenth century set against American and German experience." William P. Kennedy, American Historical Review
'This book ... should be a major souce of reference for researchers.' S. Srinivasan, University of Southampton
'This book ... should be a major souce of reference for researchers.'S. Srinivasan, University of Southampton
"...one of the most valuable, thoroughly researched and persuasively argued contributions to British industrial history to appear in recent years. It will be studied to effect and widely quoted fokr many years to come." Sidney Pollard, Business History Review
"Overall, historians of technology will be dutiful impressed with Broadberry's volume...which stands as the most comprehensive and useful overview of the history of British manufacturing to date." Jacqueline McGlade, Technology and Culture
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Summaries
Main Description
This book is a reassessment of British performance in manufacturing since 1850 in the light of new evidence on international comparisons of productivity. Using a novel analytical framework of technological evolution, Stephen Broadberry uncovers new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline while debunking a number of misapprehensions regarding the nature and causes of the decline. It analyses productivity levels in Britain, the United States and Germany and provides detailed case studies of all the major manufacturing industries, broken down into three periods: 1850-1914, 1914-50 and 1950-90. Broadberry offers a wide coverage of industries, with invaluable country-specific information. By combining a multitude of detailed productivity measurements with qualitative industrial and business history, he provides a major contribution to our understanding of British economic performance over the last 150 years.
Main Description
This book is a reassessment of British performance in manufacturing since 1850 in the light of new evidence on international comparisons of productivity. It analyzes productivity levels in Britain, the United States and Germany and provides detailed case studies of all the major manufacturing industries over the past century and a half. Stephen Broadberry uncovers new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline while debunking a number of misapprehensions regarding the nature and causes of the decline.
Description for Library
This book is a reassessment of British performance in manufacturing since 1850 in the light of new evidence on international comparisons of productivity. It analyses productivity levels in Britain, the United States and Germany and provides detailed case studies of all the major manufacturing industries over the last 150 years. Stephen Broadberry uncovers new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline while debunking a number of misapprehensions regarding the nature and causes of the decline.
Description for Bookstore
This book provides a detailed comparative picture of manufacturing productivity performance in Britain, the United States and Germany since 1850. It provides detailed case studies of all the major manufacturing industries over the last 150 years with invaluable country-specific information.
Description for Bookstore
This book is a reassessment of British performance in manufacturing since 1850 in the light of new evidence on international comparisons of productivity. It analyses productivity levels in Britain, the United States and Germany and provides detailed case studies of all the major manufacturing industries over the last century and a half. Stephen Broadberry uncovers new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline while debunking a number of misapprehensions regarding the nature and causes of the decline.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Broadberry reassesses British performance in manufacturing since 1850 in the light of new evidence on international comparisons of productivity, uncovering new ways of looking at Britain's relative economic decline and providing detailed case studies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction and overview
Measuring Comparative Productivity Performance
International comparisons of productivity in manufacturing: benchmark estimates by industry
Labour productivity in aggregate manufacturing: Britain, the United States and Germany
Extending the picture: manufacturing productivity in other industrialised countries
Manufacturing and the whole economy
Explaining Comparative Productivity Performance
Technology
Economic geography: markets and natural resources
Accumulation of physical and human capital
Competition and adjustment
Reassessing the Performance of British Industry
The rise of competition from abroad, 1850-1914
War and depression, 1914-1950
Changing markets and technology, 1950-1990
Concluding comments
Bibliography
Index
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