A fully revised and rewritten second edition of a book which is now regarded as a classic. Takes full advantage of new research and places strong emphasis on voluntary action and the role of women in the shaping of social policy.
It retains the excellent historical perspective that makes it unique among its competitors, comparing recent policy changes to pre-1950 welfare policy.
Editor's Preface. Author's Preface. Acknowledgements. Part 1: Changes in Social Policy 1970-1945 Part 2: Foundations of the Welfare State Part 3: Documents