‘Well, Harold Insists on Having It!’—The Political Struggle to Establish The Open University, 1965–67

  title={‘Well, Harold Insists on Having It!’—The Political Struggle to Establish The Open University, 1965–67},
  author={P. G. Dorey},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={241 - 272}
  • P. Dorey
  • Published 3 April 2015
  • History, Political Science
  • Contemporary British History
The establishment of The Open University has been widely lauded as Harold Wilson's most successful policy achievement and his enduring legacy, a view with which Wilson himself concurred, although the policy itself was mostly drafted and developed by Jennie Lee, as Minister for the Arts, albeit based in the Department of Education and Science (DES). Wilson depicted The Open University as a major symbol of the Labour Party's commitment to modernisation in the 1960s, and envisaged that it would… 

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