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The Politics of the Welfare State

1st Edition

Edited by Ann Oakley, Susan Williams


238 pages

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Originally published in 1994 The Politics of the Welfare State looks at how the privatization and marketization of education, health and welfare services in the past decade have produced a concept of welfare that is markedly different from that envisaged when the welfare state was initially created. Issues of class, gender and ethnicity are explored in chapters that are wide ranging but closely linked. The contributors are renowned academics and policy-makers, including feminist and welfare historians, highly regarded figures in social policy, influential critics of recent educational reforms and key analysts of current reform in the health sector.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Introduction, Ann Oakley

1. Interpretations of Welfare and Approaches to the State 1870-1920, Shelia Rowbotham

2. Lessons from the Past: The Rise and Fall of the Classic Welfare State in Britain, 1945-76, Rodney Lowe

3. Conservatives and Consensus: The Politics of the National Health Service, 1951-64, Charles Webster

4. Local Voices in the National Health Service: Needs Effectiveness and Sufficiency, Jennie Popay and Gareth Williams

5. Priority Setting for Health Gain, Chris Ham, Frank Honigsbaum and David Thompson

6. Obstacles to Medical Audit: British Doctors Speak, Nick Black and Elizabeth Thompson

7. Choice, Needs and Enabling: The New Community Care, Jane Lewis

8. Making Sense of the New Politics of Education, Geoff Whitty, Sharon Gewirtz and Tony Edwards

9. The Relationship Between Research and Policy: The Case of Unemployment and Health, Mel Bartley


About the Editors

Ann Rosamund Oakley is a distinguished British sociologist, feminist, and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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