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William Beveridge : A Biography - Jose Harris

William Beveridge

A Biography

Paperback Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9780198206859
Number Of Pages: 532

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This new and revised edition of William Beveridge remains the only documented biography of the most influential social reformer of the twentieth century. In Britain and Europe the Beveridge Plan of 1942 is still widely regarded as the seminal document of the modern `welfare state'. Yet if Beveridge was the `father of the welfare state' he was also, as this study shows, one of its earliest and most severe critics. Jose Harris explores Beveridge's life - the young social worker at Toynbee Hall; the `New Liberal' reformer in Edwardian Whitehall; the stormy director of the London School of Economics; and the `People's William' of the reconstruction movement after the Second World War. She combines biography with social and intellectual history, revealing many of the underlying principles and contradictions of social policy at different periods of the twentieth century. This new edition draws upon extensive new archive material to expand Harris's account of the origins and the aftermath of the Beveridge Plan. It also explores much more fully than was possible in the first edition the tortuous history of Beveridge's personal and emotional life, and its role in shaping his ideas and public career.

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`Harris presents her new material with clarity, sympathy and cogent insight.' Robert Pinker, Community Care

Abbreviationsp. vii
Acknowledgments for the First Editionp. viii
A Note on the Second Editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Prologue A Private LIfep. 6
A Late-Victorian Childhoodp. 43
Beveridge at Oxford Arthur Collings Carré and Edward Cairdp. 59
Toynbee Hall Samuel Barnett and Social Reformp. 79
Beveridge and His Circle Friends, Fabians, and the Cosp. 98
Labour Imperialist and Revolutionary Conservativep. 117
Unemployment and the Unemployedp. 138
Social Reform and the State the Labour-Market and National Insurancep. 168
Labour, Munitions, and the Great Warp. 196
Rationing and Reconstructionp. 228
The London School of Economicsp. 257
Social Science and Academic Freedomp. 277
Liberalism, Socialism, and Economic Planningp. 302
Social Welfare Between the Warsp. 324
Oxford and Hitler's Warp. 350
The Making of the Beveridge Reportp. 365
Aftermath of the Beveridge Reportp. 413
Father of the Welfare State?p. 451
Conclusion A Philosophy of Social Welfarep. 478
Sources and Select Bibliographyp. 499
Indexp. 505
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ISBN: 9780198206859
ISBN-10: 0198206852
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised