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Title: The battle of the pound : the political economy of Anglo-American relations 1964-1968.
Author: Roy, Rajarshi.
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis examines the nature and the extent of American economic power and influence in the 1960s in the context of the Anglo-American economic relationship. It also seeks to provide an insight into the workings of 'special relationship' between Britain and the United States in the economic realm. Finally, this examination attempts to establish the veracity of new more positive historical interpretations of the foreign policy of President Lyndon Johnson. The study argues that American economic power was not waning, as was previously suggested by some historians. It reveals that the Johnson Administration was able to use its financial assistance for sterling to extract significant concessions from the British government in its domestic economic policies. Indeed, the thesis demonstrates that the United States played a significant role in the formulation of British economic policy. The existence of transgovernmental networks between actors and agencies were instrumental in enabling the Johnson Administration to influence the policies of the British government. Moreover, this study contends that many of the most important decisions of the Labour government relating to monetary policy and the sterling exchange rate were influenced by considerations for the views of the United States. It concludes that the 'special relationship' was determined not by sentiment or shared culture, but largely by community of interest. Finally, the thesis concurs in and further develops the emerging positive revisionist interpretation of the European policy of President Johnson.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Economics; Foreign policy; Lyndon Johnson History