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De-Globalization and its Significance

De-Globalization and its Significance : From the Particular to the General

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  • Jim Tomlinson

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalContemporary British History
Journal publication date2012
Journal number2


In the last 100 years, the city of Dundee, one of the most economically globalized cities in Britain before 1914, has been radically 'de-globalized' as a result of changes in its economic structure. This article explores the reasons for this: how far it is typical of the whole of Britain, and what the significance of de-globalization is for our understanding of contemporary British history. It emphasizes, in particular, the rise of 'local Keynesianism'-the huge but little analysed rise in direct and indirect state employment in much of post-industrial Britain to compensate for the failure of the private sector to provide jobs.


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