Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 July 2002

256 Pages | 5 Tables, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719041037

Bookseller Code (06)


From Beveridge to Blair

The first fifty years of Britain's welfare state 1948-98

Margaret Jones and Rodney Lowe

Published by Manchester University Press

Documents in Contemporary History MUP

  • The creation of Britain's welfare state in 1948 was an event of major international importance
  • Designed to provide a concise introduction to the evolution of both the structure of the welfare state and attitudes towards it
  • Concentrates on five core services: health care, education, social security, the personal social services and housing
  • For each service it examines the original vision, the attempts to implement this vision, the resulting complexities and controversies and, above all, the impact on individual 'customers'
  • A wide range of documentary evidence is used, including published and unpublished government sources, political memoirs, newspaper exposés and personal testimony

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