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Changing Directions of the British Welfare Stateby Gideon Calder
Synopses & Reviews
This is a unique and timely survey of the evolving priorities of the British welfare state since its inception in the late 1940s, with an emphasis on how current and future aims and features of welfare provision compare with the ambitions of its original architects. In this book, fifteen commentators, including prominent academic experts in the field as well as members of think tanks, charities, and campaigning organizations explore themes such as health, education, housing, gender, disability, and ethnic diversity. The result is a rich, critical, and thought-provoking exploration of the legacy and prospects of the welfare state that will appeal to anyone with an interest in how a modern society should meet the needs of its citizens.
About the Author
Gideon Calder is a reader in ethics and social philosophy at the University of Wales, Newport.
Jeremy Gass is a visiting lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport.
Kirsten Merrill-Glover is head of community learning at the University of Wales, Newport.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
Notes on contributors
Gideon Calder, Jeremy Gass and Kirsten Merrill-Glover
Part 1: The ‘five giants’
1. Want: ‘What the British people desire’: the rise and fall of insurance-based social security
2. Disease: Social Democracy, health inequalities and the welfare state
3. Ignorance: Combating ignorance: education, social opportunity and citizenship in Wales
4. Squalor: Shifting boundaries: people, homes and the state since 1945
5. Idleness: ‘No longer a problem of industry’? Principles, practice and policy in the early twenty-first century
Part 2: Five challenges
6. Gender: Continuity and change: gender and welfare
7. Race: A very ‘British’ welfare state? ‘Race’ and racism
8. Disability: What rights for disabled people in a welfare state? Need-fulfilment versus identity-assertion and the ‘problem of dependency’
Steven R. Smith
9. Devolution: Devolution and the welfare state: the case of Wales
10. The start and end of life
Part 1: The welfare of children since 1948
Part 2: The welfare of older people since 1948
Conclusion: Taking Stock
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