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Inferior Politics: Social Problems and Social Policies in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Joanna Innes


This book explores how social policy was created in Britain in a period when central government was not active in making it. Parliament proved capable of generating national legislation nonetheless — and provided a forum for debate even when it was impossible to mobilise consensus behind any particular plan. In this setting, there was a lively, and surprisingly inclusive, ‘politics’ of social policy-making, in which ‘inferior’ officers of government (what we might call ‘local authorities’) figured prominently. The book explores the institutional structures which shaped these debates and their ... More

Keywords: social policy, Parliament, national legislation, local authorities, institutional structures, empirical enquiry, William Wilberforce

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201526
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Innes, author
Fellow and Tutor, Somerville College, Oxford