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William Beveridge: A Biography

Jose Harris


This new and revised edition of this text remains the only documented biography of the most influential social reformer of the 20th century. In Britain and Europe the Beveridge Plan of 1942 is still widely regarded as the seminal document of the modern ‘welfare state’. Yet if Beveridge was the ‘father of the welfare state’ he was also, as this study shows, one of its earliest and most severe critics. This book explores Beveridge's life—the young social worker at Toynbee Hall; the ‘New Liberal’ reformer in Edwardian Whitehall; the stormy director of the London School of Economics; and the ‘Peop ... More

Keywords: William Beveridge, social reformer, 20th century, Beveridge Plan, welfare state, reconstruction movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206859
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jose Harris, author
St Catherine's College, Oxford
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