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New Left Review I/7, January-February 1961


Henry Collins

Nationalisation Stakes

Nationalised Industry and Public Ownership,

by William Robson, Allen & Unwin. 50s.

Nationalised Industry in the Mixed Economy,

by John Huges, Fabian Society. 4s.

professor robson’s book is stuffed with facts and meagre in analysis. In places it reads like a catalogue, but it is all there. Existing forms of public ownership are dutifully listed and unevenly discussed. Reasonably enough, most detailed attention is paid to the public corporation. Its development, from the Port of London Authority in 1908, through the Electricity Board, the B.B.C. and the London Passenger Transport Board of the inter-war years, to the industries nationalised by the 1945 Labour Government, is described and, in a manner, discussed.

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