The Open UniversitySkip to content

The Macroeconomic Policies of Mr Lawson

Oliver, Michael J. (1999). The Macroeconomic Policies of Mr Lawson. Contemporary British History, 13(1) pp. 166–182.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


The recent ICBH Witness Seminar on the 1987 stock market crash was notable for the reluctance of Lord Lawson and Sir Peter Middleton to engage in any discussion on macroeconomic policy at the time of the crash. This article will show that as Chancellor, Lawson had made many ill-judged decisions over monetary policy by October 1987 and continued to do so after the crash. The article will trace the origins of these decisions and examine how the working relationship between the Prime Minister and Chancellor gradually deteriorated after 1985. By placing the stock market crash into a wider context than was offered by Lawson at the Seminar, it is possible to see how the Conservative party lost its reputation for 'sound finance' through the deleterious effects of the 'Lawson boom'.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1743-7997
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 60092
Depositing User: Michael Oliver
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 09:45
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 12:47
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU