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Privatisation and the Welfare State

ISBN 9781138603622
Published August 15, 2020 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1984, Privatisation and the Welfare State brings together a distinguished set of experts on the Welfare State and its main policy areas of health care, housing, education and transport. Each chapter provides some much-needed analysis of privatisation policies in areas where, too often, political rhetoric is allowed to dominate discussion. The book makes a major contribution to the reader’s understanding of the complex issues involved in this controversial area of social policy. As the first systematic evaluation of a broad range of welfare state privatisation proposals, it is essential reading for economists, social administrators, and political scientists.

Table of Contents

About the Contributions


1. Privatisation and the Welfare State: An Introduction, Julian Le Grand and Ray Robinson

Part I: General Principles and Strategies

2. The Political Economy of Privatisation, Alan Walker

3. The Progressive Potential of Privatisation, David Donnison

4. Is Privatisation Inevitable?, Nick Bosanquet

5. Voluntary Organisations and the Welfare State, Robert Sugden

Part II: Policy Issues

6. Privatisation and the National Health Service, Alan Maynard and Alan Williams

7. Private Health Insurance, Peter A. West

8. Privatisation and Housing, Christine M.E. Whitehead

9. The Demise of Public Housing?, R.M. Kirwan

10. Privatisation of Education, Maurice Peston

11. Educational Vouchers – It All Depends on What you Mean, Mark Blaug

12. The Allocation of Urban Public Transport Subsidy, Stephen Glaister

13. Subsidies to Urban Public Transport and Privatisation, Graham Crampton



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