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Welfare Policy in Britain : The Road from 1945 - Rodney Lowe

Welfare Policy in Britain

The Road from 1945

By: Rodney Lowe (Editor), Helen Fawcett (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th February 1999
ISBN: 9780333675137
Number Of Pages: 226

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The welfare state arouses controversy whether attention is focused on its recent past or future development. This volume draws together the latest historical research to address two key sets of questions. First, what is a welfare state and how can it best be analysed? Has analysis traditionally been too narrow? Should it be broadened to include, for instance, industrial relations, race and the philosophical debate over the definition of equality? Second, should not current policy be informed by a greater sense of history? The British welfare state was created because of the inability of the market in the 1930s to eradicate mass unemployment and poverty. Since the 1980s market forces have been reintroduced into centralised welfare provision because of the perceived failure of the state. Does policy have to turn full circle? Cannot constructive lessons be learnt from the past? The essays focus on the underprivileged. They include broad surveys on, for example, the development of the personalsocial services and the redistribution of resources since 1945. There are also detailed case-studies of the 'rediscovery' of poverty in the 1960s and the construction of an 'underclass'. Each is written by a leading expert in the field.

Notes on the Contributorsp. vi
General Editor's Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: The Road from 1945p. 1
Inequality, Redistribution and Living Standards in Britain since 1945p. 18
Renegotiating the Boundaries: Risk and Responsibility in Personal Welfare since 1945p. 34
The Voluntary Sector and the State in Twentieth Century Britainp. 52
From 'Problem Family' to 'Underclass', 1945-95p. 69
Democratic Socialism and Equalityp. 94
The National Assistance Board and the 'Rediscovery' of Povertyp. 116
Jack Jones, the Social Contract and Social Policy 1970-4p. 158
Immigration and Economics: The Politics of Race in the Postwar Periodp. 184
The Welfare State: From Beveridge to Borriep. 208
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780333675137
ISBN-10: 0333675134
Series: Contemporary History in Context
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 19th February 1999
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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