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Approaches to Welfare

1st Edition

Edited by Philip Bean, Stewart MacPherson


318 pages

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Originally published in 1983 Approaches to Welfare provides a unique introduction to the study of social welfare in Britain. The contributions, by distinguished figures in the field of social welfare and social policy, explore all the dimensions of the study of social welfare demonstrating that not only have social policies changed in the forty years since the establishment of the welfare state, but so too have approaches to their analysis. The contributors consider these changes in relation to a wide range of social welfare issues, illuminating the diversity and variety within the contemporary study of social policy.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


1. The Evolution of Social Administration, Paul Wilding

2. The Aims and Consequences of Social Policy, Vic George

3. The Underdevelopment of Social Administration, Stewart MacPherson

4. Welfare, Class and Distributive Justice, John Westergaard

5. Marxism, the Individual and the Welfare State, Peter Leonard

6. Women and Social Welfare, Gillian Pascall

7. Policy Making: A Case of Intellectual Progress, Adrian Webb

8. Development and Disengagement – Social Policy in Britain and Scandinavia, John Greve

9. Social Assistance and Social Welfare: The Legacy of the Poor Law, Richard Silburn

10. Social Welfare and the Education of Social Workers, Robert Pinker

11. Crime and the Welfare State, Terence Morris

12. Prevention in the Neighbourhood: Community Social Work on a Council Estate, Robert Holman

13. The Gestation of Reform: The Children Act 1948, R.A. Parker

14. Services for the Mentally Ill: The Death of a Concept, Kathleen Jones

15. Idealism and Realism in Education: 1940and 1980, Roger Cox

16. After the Rainbow Sign, Nicholas Deakin

17. Utilitarianism and the Welfare State, Philip Bean

18. Reflections on the Welfare State, Barbara Wootton

Index of Names

Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General