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The Welfare State

Its Aims, Benefits and Costs, 1st Edition

By J.F. Sleeman


206 pages

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Originally published in 1973, The Welfare State traces the historical roots of the Welfare State and considers the problems to which it gives rise, especially in the allocation of resources. It focuses on the economic issue of meeting needs with scarce resources and compares the British experience with that of other countries. It sets out the pattern of the social services since Beveridge and summarises the criticisms levelled at them. It considers the economic issues involved and provides a straightforward presentation of the available policy choices, the discussion poses a direct comparison with other countries. The book offers an overall conspectus of current policy issues against the historical background from which they arise.

Table of Contents

1. What is the Welfare State?

2. The Origins of the Modern Welfare State

3. Development of the Social Services, 1900-1948

4. The ‘Beveridge Revolution’

5. General Description of the Post-1945 Welfare State

6. The Limitations of the British Welfare State

7. The Economics of the Welfare State

8. International Comparions

9. The Future of the Welfare State



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