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The Winding Road to the Welfare State

George R. Boyer


How did Britain transform itself from a nation of workhouses to one that became a model for the modern welfare state? This book investigates the evolution of living standards and welfare policies in Britain from the 1830s to 1950 and provides insights into how British working-class households coped with economic insecurity. The book examines the retrenchment in Victorian poor relief, the Liberal Welfare Reforms, and the beginnings of the postwar welfare state, and it describes how workers altered spending and saving methods based on changing government policies. From the cutting back of the Po ... More

Keywords: welfare state, living standards, welfare policy, economic insecurity, Victorian poor relief, Liberal Welfare Reforms, Poor Law, Beveridge Report, British welfare policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691178738
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691178738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George R. Boyer, author
Cornell University