An intellectual history of British social policy: Idealism versus non-idealism (Paperback)
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An intellectual history of British social policy: Idealism versus non-idealism (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 18/01/2006
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The history of social policy is emerging as an area of growing interest to both students and researchers. This topical book charts the period from the 1830s to the present day, providing a fresh analysis of the relationship between social theory and social policy in the UK. Drawing on recent historical research, the book: * reconsiders and challenges many long-held beliefs about the 'evolution' of social policy; * presents a wide-ranging reappraisal of links between social theories and changes in social policy; * pays particular attention to the importance of idealist social thought as an intellectual framework for understanding the 'welfare state' ; * has a distinctive focus on the importance of ideas in the history of social policy.

Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781861345318
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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"John Offer's engaging and challenging book examines idealism in modern welfare. ... while [his] arguments are almost always judicious and well qualified, he seems to enjoy a flirtation with the bold. ... There is much to commend in this book." Twentieth Century British History
"Offer's account raises an important question about the relationship between the advocates of voluntary welfare and those of statutory provision." Social Policy
"John Offer's engaging and challenging book examines idealism in modern British welfare ... this is simply a good work on ideology and social policy ... It is often the case that existing personal opinions often find coherent form in a particular school of thought. Offer's qualified arguments and close readings never fail to miss this important point about ideas and social policy." Twentieth Century British History
"John Offer's challenging new book on the development of ideas about social policy in the nineteenth century will be essential reading for teachers, students and researchers with interests in the field of social welfare theory." Robert Pinker, Emeritus Professor of Social Administration, London School of Economics

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