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William BeveridgeA Biography$
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Jose Harris

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206859.001.0001

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Social Reform and the State

Social Reform and the State

The Labour-Market and National Insurance

(p.168) [8] Social Reform and the State
William Beveridge

Jose Harris

Oxford University Press

Beveridge joined the Board of trade as an unestablished civil servant on the staff of the Comptroller-General of the Commercial, Labour, and Statistical Department. Signs of action on labour exchanges came more swiftly than he had dared to hope. Within the Labour Department a new ‘Labour Exchanges Branch’ was set up at Caxton House, to devise nation-wide policy and supervise the work of the new regional divisions. Beveridge himself was initially invited to become merely an ‘expert advisor’ in this new system, without formal executive responsibility; but he protested strongly against such an arrangement, arguing that as an expert cerebrating in vacuo, he would lack the daily contact with reality to make my ideas practical as well as new. Furthermore, Beveridge's works on many other projects are also discussed.

Keywords:   Beveridge, Board of Trade, bureaucrat, Labour Exchanges Bill, insurance, Caxton House

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