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History & Policy are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of the The Chancellors: Steering the British Economy in Crisis Times by Howard Davies.

The Chancellors (due to be published by Polity on 27 May) examines how the Treasury has been able to fight off attempts by Prime Ministers, from Blair to Johnson, to cut it down to size. Based on in-depth interviews with the Chancellors and key senior officials, it gives the insiders’ view of exactly how the Treasury has been able to dominate policy-making for 25 turbulent years, a period that spans the global financial crisis, austerity, the Scottish referendum, Brexit and the pandemic. Faced with a stuttering economy, can the Treasury continue to exercise such remarkable influence? 

  • Howard Davies (Chairman of the NatWest Group and former director of the LSE)
  • Alistair Darling (Lord Darling of Roulanish, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2007-2010)
  • Philip Hammond (Lord Hammond of Runnymede, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2016-2019)
  • Jill Rutter (Senior Fellow, Institute for Government)
  • Duncan Needham (Darwin College, Cambridge)

Chair: Philip Murphy (History & Policy)

The event will be followed by a reception.

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required.