Essays on the Welfare State

Essays on the Welfare State

by Richard Titmuss


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Richard Titmuss (1907-1973) was a pioneer in the field of social administration (now social policy) and this reissued classic contains a selection of his most famous writing on social issues. It covers subjects ranging from the position of women in society, changes in family life, and the social effects of industrialisation, to the problems of an ageing population, pensions, social security and taxation policy, and the development of the national health service. This collection contains one of Titmuss’s most original contributions to the analysis of welfare policy – his reflections on ‘The social division of welfare’. The book stands the test of time as representative of his thinking, and as an inspiration to those who wrestle with the complex issues of our welfare state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447349549
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Richard Titmuss was Professor of Social Administration at the LSE from 1950 until his death in 1973. He played an important role in establishing social policy and administration as scientific disciplines both in this country and internationally: his thinking and writing helped to shape the British Welfare State. He was also an influential teacher and adviser to the British Labour party and many governments abroad. His publications span diverse subjects including social class inequalities in health and disease; demography; income distribution and social change; the cost of the National Health Service; and the economic and moral aspects of blood donation.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ben Jackson v

Preface to the Original Edition xii

1 Social Administration in a Changing Society 1

2 The Social Division of Welfare 17

3 Pension Systems and Population Change 31

4 War and Social Policy 44

5 The Position of Women 54

6 Industrialization and the Family 65

7 The Hospital and its Patients 76

8 The National Health Service in England: Some Aspects of Structure 87

9 The National Health Service in England: Some Facts about General Practice 101

10 The National Health Service in England: Science and the Sociology of Medical Care 118

Appendix to Lectures on the National Health Service in England 136

Notes 146

References 179

Index 181

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