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1st Edition

The Origins of British Social Policy

Edited By

Pat Thane

ISBN 9781138602076
Published August 15, 2020 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

Notes on Contributors


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