The Origins of the British Welfare State

  title={The Origins of the British Welfare State},
  author={Pat Thane},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • P. Thane
  • Published 1 November 2019
  • Economics, History
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
George Boyer’s The Winding Road to the Welfare State, which traces the shift in Britain from the early nineteenth-century Poor Law to the post-1945 welfare state, is strongest and most useful in its analysis of the labor market in relation to poverty and insecurity and in its precise quantification of wages, poverty, insecurity, and public relief. It is much weaker when discussing how politics and public opinion shaped social policies; overlooking important areas of British state welfare, the… 


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