Professor Lewis states in the preface to this volume on the activities of the Labor government of Britain from 1945 to 1951 that he has "much sympathy for what the Labor government is trying to do." He describes the nationalization of the coal, transport, electric power, and iron and steel industries, town and rural planning, the distribution of industry, the National Health Service, housing, and agriculture. No attempt has been made to cover all of the changes introduced by the Labor government. The author states that British planning "is eminently pragmatic." He believes that there has been no development of a long-term plan for society. The Labor government acted in a setting of democratic pressures, warborn shortages, and restrictions developed in a distinctly British manner during the 1930's and 1940's under Conservative and coalition governments.
In the discussion of each subject a short history of the role of government in