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

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

About the editors

ROBERT M. PAGE is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Leicester. His books include Stigma and Altruism and the British Welfare State, and Modern Thinkers on Welfare, which he co-edited with Vic George.

RICHARD L. SILBURN worked for many years as a university teacher and researcher. He is now a freelance scholar and research consultant. He has written extensively on issues of poverty and social security.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title British Social Welfare in the Twentieth Century
  • Authors Robert Page
    Richard Silburn
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67770-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67771-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27398-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 366
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Work
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