British Social Welfare in the Twentieth Century

  • Robert M. Page
  • Richard Silburn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Richard Silburn
      Pages 1-11
  3. The Century Surveyed

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. John Stewart
      Pages 15-32
  4. Political Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Robert Pinker
      Pages 80-104
    3. Michael Sullivan
      Pages 105-130
  5. Welfare and the State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Michael Sanderson
      Pages 133-158
    3. Helen Jones
      Pages 159-178
    4. Pete Alcock
      Pages 199-222
    5. Norman Ginsburg
      Pages 223-246
  6. Welfare Outside the State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Jane Lewis
      Pages 249-270
    3. Margaret May, Edward Brunsdon
      Pages 271-298
  7. The Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Robert M. Page
      Pages 301-314
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-366

About this book


This major thematic and historical overview provides a clear guide to key welfare practices and developments in the public, private, voluntary and informal welfare sectors in twentieth-century Britain, outlining the dominant ideas about welfare in the period in question. As such, it offers an effective bridge between historical and contemporary concerns, drawing out some of the more rarely articulated premises of courses in the history of social policy and illuminating the social, political and economic dimensions of its subject.


development education employment health labor market poverty social policy social security socialism state unemployment

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert M. Page
    • 1
  • Richard Silburn
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of LeicesterUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamUK

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