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Title: Decline and survival : a study of the Lancashire textile industry in the 1970s and early 1980s
Author: Norris, K. P.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3449 3702
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1986
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, severe general recession in the U.K. added its effects to longer-term causes of decline to produce a drastic contraction - more than 50% between 1973 and 1985 - in the Lancashire cotton industry, interpreted here to mean the cotton industry and its successors in Northern England. This study describes and analyses, using published documents and statistical data, the forces and events which had shaped the industry as it was in 1973, and those which produced its accelerated decline from 1973 to 1985. Particular attention is given to the various proposals made, and measures taken, for increasing the viability of the industry. For 1985, an inventory has been made, based partly on field-work, of the firms and establishments which had survived, and this is compared with similar information for 1975. The probable reasons for survival are considered, and compared with the policies advocated in the past. No single reason predominates; good fortune, good management, endurance, and product innovation have all played a part, but perhaps the commonest feature of the survivors is the production of finished goods, rather than intermediate products, and an effort to move nearer to the consumer. A list of 1985 firms and establishments is appended.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Economics & economic theory