The Origins of British Social Policy

The Origins of British Social Policy

by Pat Thane

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Originally published in 1978 The Origins of British Social Policy arose dissatisfaction with conventional approaches to the subject of welfare responsibilities in the state. This volume stresses the complexity of conscious and unconscious influences upon policy, which include such political imperatives as the wish to maintain social order, to maintain and increase economic and military efficiency and to preserve and strengthen the family as a central social institution. It suggests that the break between unsympathetic nineteenth-century Poor Law attitudes towards the poor and modern ‘welfare state’ approaches has been less sharp or complete than is often assumed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429891793
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/20/2018
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State , #20
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
File size: 383 KB

Table of Contents


1. Introduction, Pat Thane

2. Ratepayers and Social Policy, Norman McCord

3. The Later Years of the Workhouse 1890-1929, M.A. Crowther

4. ‘Poplarism’ 1894-1930, P.A. Ryan

5. Non-Contributory Versus Insurance Pensions 1878-1908, Pat Thane

6. Employers’ Attitude to Social Policy and the Concept of Social Control, 1900-1920, J.R. Hay

7. ‘Social Control’ and the Modernisation of Social Policy, 1890-1929, John Brown

8. Unemployment and Unemployment Policies in Glasgow 1890-1905, J.H. Treble

9. Family Allowances and Less Eligibility, John Macnicol

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