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British Rail's "Business-Led" Organization, 1977-1990: Government-Industry Relations in Britain's Public Sector

Terence R. Gourvish
The Business History Review
Vol. 64, No. 1, Government and Business (Spring, 1990), pp. 109-149
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3115846
Page Count: 41
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Abstract

In attempting to meet government-mandated profitability and efficiency goals, the British Rail Board behaved not simply as the government directed, but rather according to internal needs and initiatives, as this careful examination of the implementation of sector management demonstrates. Even in the early days of movement toward privatization, the board tried to develop its own policies, and, though it soon became clear that full divestiture was to be the goal, events proceeded through various stages, rather than in a forced march along a government-designed path.

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