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The Politics of Retirement in Britain, 1878–1948

The Politics of Retirement in Britain, 1878–1948

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  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892605

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  • This important study examines the evolution of the most important aspect of the founding of the British welfare state: the debate on retirement and state pensions between 1878 and 1948. The author uses much original research to describe the evolution of a social policy, and challenging new insights are offered into many areas of social history and social policy, notably the role of social reformers, the Charity Organisation Society, the friendly societies, the main political parties and the trade unions. The book concludes with a radical reinterpretation of the 1942 Beveridge Report.

    • The most detailed and thorough analysis of the evolution of a social policy yet published
    • Examines the historical evolution of an important item in the British welfare state: income support of retired people via state pensions
    • Of interest to scholars from a wide range of disciplines, e.g. social policy, social history on both sides of the Atlantic
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    "Based on impressive archival research, this is the definitive work on its subject." Choice

    "Its multidisciplinary approach, linking political and intellectual history with sociological analysis, is a notable feature of this penetrating work, which seems certain to become the definitive interpretation of old-age pensions in modern Britain." F.M. Leventhal, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892605
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Campaign for Old Age Pensions:
    1. Introduction
    2. The nineteenth-century background
    3. Blackley, Chamberlain and Booth
    4. The opposition of the Charity Organisation Society
    5. The attitude of the Friendly Societies
    6. The Labour Movement and the State
    Part II. Contributory Pensions:
    7. The First World War and the 1919 Ryland Adkins committee
    8. From 'all-in insurance' to contributory pensions
    Labour's lost opportunity
    9. Neville Chamberlain, the 'New Conservatism' and the 1925 Act
    Part III. The Debate on Retirement Pensions:
    10. Labour and retirement pensions in the late 1920s
    11. PEP and retirement pensions in the 1930s: an ageing population
    12. Poverty surveys
    Part IV. The Beveridge 'Revolution':
    13. The pensions crisis of the late 1930s
    14. All-party pressure in the late 1930s: the Treasury enquiry and the 1940 Act
    15. The origins and working of the Beveridge Committee
    16. After the Beveridge report, 1942–8
    17. Conclusion.

  • Author

    John Macnicol, Royal Holloway, University of London

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