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Citizen, State, and Social Welfare in Britain 1830–1990

Geoffrey Finlayson


This book presents an analysis of social welfare in Britain from 1830 until the present day. The book explores the changing relationship between voluntarism and the state throughout this period, unravelling the complex interactions of government, commerce, and individuals. It examines the provision of welfare and the attitudes and beliefs surrounding it, in all its many guises, from Victorian private philanthropy and informal social networks to the collectivist ideals of the Welfare State and the convictions of Thatcherite individualism. This book is, in addition, an intellectual study of the ... More

Keywords: social welfare, voluntarism, government, commerce, individuals, Victorian private philanthropy, informal social networks, collectivist ideals, Welfare State, Thatcherite individualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198227601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Finlayson, author