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Privatisation and the Welfare State

1st Edition

Edited by Julian Le Grand, Ray Robinson


246 pages

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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



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