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Discrete CollectionsPolitics, economics and social science collections
TitlePolitical and Economic Planning
Extent191 Boxes.
Admin Biographical HistoryPolitical and Economic Planning was founded in 1931 at the height of the Great Depression to plan for British recovery in the widest sense. During the thirties it carried out a series of investigations into the operation of the British economy, and into education and health. During and after World War Two it extended its interests into policy issues in other countries and carried out many detailed investigations of social problems. In 1978 PEP merged with the Centre for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), and became the Policy Studies Institute (PSI).
Custodial HistoryThe PEP records were listed for PEP by Routledge Associates in 1973. Additional material was added in 1974. The archive was sent to the Library at LSE in 1980. PEP (which became P.S.I. in 1978), sent further consignments of records to the Library in the following years. The majority of these later records were catalogued as the PEP/PSI. collection, for which a list is avaliable on the computerised catalogue. However, some of these later accessions were considered, because of their content and date, to fit into the Routledge catalogue and were added to the PEP collection in 1986. Lists of the 1974 and 1986 additions can be found at the end of each section of the PEP list.
DescriptionPapers of P.E.P. comprising:

Bound minutes can be found in Section M, unbound minutes and committee papers in section A. Section A also contains material on miscellaneous administrative matters.
The early administrative papers contain some research papers. In these cases the working group files (Section WG) have been cross-referenced to section A. Research proposals and reports on progress can also be found in the Council and Executive papers, as these bodies had a general oversight of research. Section A contains the minutes of the executive weekend meetings which were designed to review research in progress.

Initially PEP's research was undertaken by working groups. The members of these groups came from business, public service, the professions and universities and gave their time voluntarily. They were assisted by a small core of PEP. staff. As a matter of principle the membership of these working groups was not disclosed. The authroship of the reports and broadsheets produced by the groups was assigned only to PEP.

The collection also contains a small number of press cuttings.
Publication Note'Fifty years of Political and Economic Planning, Looking Forward 1931-1981'. Ed John Pinder, Heinemann, London, 1981.
Access StatusOpen
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the depositor
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