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Social Policy Review 21Analysis and debate in social policy, 2009$
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Kirstein Rummery, Ian Greener, and Chris Holden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423733

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.001.0001

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Beveridge’s giant of disease: from negative to positive welfare?

Beveridge’s giant of disease: from negative to positive welfare?

(p.67) Four Beveridge’s giant of disease: from negative to positive welfare?
Social Policy Review 21

Martin Powell

Policy Press

This chapter examines the way in which education policy has attempted to tackle the evil of ‘ignorance’ and promote social mobility, from the perspectives of policy in 1948 and 2008. It points out that the Butler education reforms were among the first raft of legislation which implemented the post-war Beveridge welfare state, and that these reforms were always an uneasy settlement between the public, private and ‘third’ sector of the welfare state. It discusses how developments in 2008 can be seen as part of the ongoing social and political debate in policy and practice about the role of education in promoting equality of opportunity and social mobility: which of course, is not quite the same as tackling ‘ignorance’ per se.

Keywords:   education policy, ignorance, social mobility, 1948 and 2008, Butler education reforms, legislation, post-war Beveridge welfare state

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