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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


      Huw Edwards


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

      Peter Kenway

2. Disease: Social Democracy, health inequalities and the welfare state

      Michael Sullivan

3. Ignorance: Combating ignorance: education, social opportunity and citizenship in Wales

      Gareth Rees

4. Squalor: Shifting boundaries: people, homes and the state since 1945

      John Puzey

5. Idleness: ‘No longer a problem of industry’? Principles, practice and policy in the early twenty-first century

      David Byrne

Part 2: Five challenges

6. Gender: Continuity and change: gender and welfare

      Sandra Shaw

7. Race: A very ‘British’ welfare state? ‘Race’ and racism

      Charlotte Williams

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

      Mark Drakeford

10. The start and end of life

Part 1: The welfare of children since 1948

      Ian Butler

Part 2: The welfare of older people since 1948

      Liz Lloyd

Conclusion: Taking Stock

      Victoria Winckler



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Calder, Gideon (edt)
University of Wales Press
Gass, Jeremy
Calder, Gideon
Merrill-Glover, Kirsten
Sociology - General
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