|About the book|
Robert Page starts from the premise that the student of social policy can gain a deeper understanding of the welfare state by studying political and historical accounts of the welfare state, party manifestos, policy documents and political memoirs. Drawing from these sources, he provides a clear guide to the changing role of the state in the provision of welfare since 1940. Each of the five chapters is devoted to a particular theme associated with the post-war welfare state, the last of which focuses on the strategy of the New Labour governments of Tony Blair.
Written by one of the leading authorities on contemporary social policy, Revisiting the Welfare State is a stimulating guide to the political history of the post-war welfare state in Britain. It is essential reading for students of social policy, social work, politics and contemporary history. It will also appeal to the general reader who is seeking an accessible guide to the political history of the post-war welfare state.
|About the author|
Robert M. Page is currently Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK.
|Table of contents|
Series editor’s foreword
List of abbreviations
The impact of war on the `Home’ Front, the coalition government and the Welfare State
Revisiting the Labour Governments 1945–1951: towards a democratic Socialist Welfare State and society?
Revisiting the Welfare State – 1951–1979: an era of consensus in social policy?
Revisiting the Conservative Welfare ‘revolution’: the Thatcher and Major years 1979–1997
Revisiting New Labour and the Welfare State