Government and new technology: the quiet U-turn?

Rowe, Christopher J.
September 1983
Journal of General Management;Autumn83, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
As the Thatcher Government enters it second term in Great Britain in the 1980s, it is natural to speculate whether there will be any reorientation in its policies, particularly in the economic and industrial spheres. But as this paper points out, a 'quiet U-turn' had already taken place by the end of the last Parliament with regard to new technology where a considerable increase in government involvement can be discerned. By the end of 1982, the Conservative government was spending four times as much on new technology as its predecessor. How did this come about? Does it represent a triumph of realism over rhetoric? And what have been the effects in industry?


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