Ron Bellamy returned to Oxford and graduated with first-class honours on special subjects in Statistics, Advanced Economic Theory and the Economics of War and Resettlement. From July 1945 to August 1946, he worked as a researcher at the Oxford University Institute of Statistics, studying problems of scale and efficiency in retail distribution. The results of his research were published in the Institutes Bulletin, and later as a monograph on the `Changing Pattern of Retail Distribution’. This work was described by one commentator as the most important source for evidence of contemporary change in the distributive trades.
In September 1946, he was appointed to a College Lectureship in Economics at
With the onset of the Cold War, Communists found themselves generally under great pressure; nowhere more so was this than in the academic sphere. Bellamy left the more high-profile
In 1953, he married Joan Shaw, who was at that time working for the Communist Party; she later became, in turn, tutor, full-time staff tutor and eventually Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the Open University.
In 1961-2 he spent a year as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, a major research centre of the
He was promoted to Senior Lecturer at
A Senior Lectureship at the
Over many years, Ron Bellamy gave lectures and seminars at leading universities and institutes in the
Much of his published work appeared in Communist Party journals but his papers encompassed a wide range of topics, including the dynamics of capitalism, the world economy and the economics of socialism.
He was a founding member of the Conference of Socialist Economists, and published a paper on
He was well-known particularly among Marxist scholars in
He was expelled from the Communist Party after 40 years membership in the early 1980s but played a leading role in the re-establishment of the Party from 1988. Subsequent developments, especially in 1998, saw Bellamy isolated from many of his former comrades and even the Party towards the end of his life; although he remained committed to a Marxist view of the value of a planned socialist economy.
After his retirement as a Senior Lecturer in the
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