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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Evolution of the British Welfare State

A History of Social Policy since the Industrial Revolution

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230224650
Publication Date July 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Derek Fraser's book has established itself as a classic text on the history of social policy and social ideas in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. This fourth edition features a revised Introduction, incorporates the latest research and extends the coverage of the final chapter, bringing the story right up to the present day.

DEREK FRASER is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside, UK, where he was formerly Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive. He was also previously Professor of British History at UCLA, USA.

List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Select Time Chart, 1801-2008
Introduction: Perspectives on the History of Welfare
The Factory Question
The Poor Law
Public Health
Education and Welfare
Laissez-faire and State Intervention in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
The Growing Awareness of Poverty
Liberal Social Policy, 1905-14
Politics and Policy, 1914-39
War and Welfare in the 1940s
The Welfare State in Modern Britain
Documentary Appendix
Notes and References
Select Bibliography


'There is no better account of how the British welfare state evolved over two centuries than Derek Fraser's book. Now revised and updated, it continues to provide a lively and authoritative history of the period from the industrial revolution to the present day.' - David Martin, University of Sheffield, UK
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