LONGMAN SOCIAL POLICY IN BRITAIN SERIESSeries Editor: Jo CamplingThis series focuses on essential topics in social policy. Each title combines an analysis of the subject, a critical narrative of its main developments and an assessment of future trends. Uniquely, each book also provides a section of key documents and a comprehensive bibliography, making it an ideal text for students and lecturers.REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION'A splendidly brisk, thoughtful and well written account.' New Society'Its particular strengths in dealing with women, with international comparisons and with the first half of the twentieth century, will make it a welcome addition to the existing literature which it will complement ...she has added to our understanding of the origins of British welfare.' Journal of Social Policy'Inclusion of documentary evidence as well as tables of statutes and reports and bibliography makes this well written book a challenging, accessible gold-mine of information. Indeed a welcome addition to the ...series.' Nursing TimesFoundations of the Welfare State is a completely revised and updated version of the highly acclaimed first edition published in 1982.
Since then dramatic changes in society and the nature of social problems which confront the welfare state have been paralleled by new approaches to the teaching of social policy. In this second edition the author integrates new research findings and reorientates the arguments of the book to give greater emphasis to the continuing importance of voluntary action and the role of women Key features:* Sets the development of the welfare state in its wider social, economic and political context.* Contains international comparisons * Emphasises the role of women in the making of social policyFoundations of the Welfare State is essential reading for undergraduates taking courses in social policy, social history, social administration, health studies and those undertaking professional training in those areas.Professor Pat Thane is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Sussex.