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Welfare and wellbeingRichard Titmuss's contribution to social policy$
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Pete Alcock, Howard Glennerster, and Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342997

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.001.0001

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Welfare state and welfare society

Welfare state and welfare society

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(p.113) Chapter Two Welfare state and welfare society
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Welfare and wellbeing
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John Hills

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.003.0011

This chapter provides Titmuss's lecture originally delivered to the British National Conference on Social Welfare in 1967. It contains a scathing account of the ‘aid’ given by poor countries to rich ones, such as the United States, which recruit skilled medical professionals trained at great cost. It observes that this lecture attacks the idea that welfare services like the NHS or state education should be seen simply as a drain on the economy, with the cost an impediment to growth, in what Titmuss describes as the ‘public burden model of welfare’. It suggests that health services, education, pensions, and benefits for children have wider functions than simple redistribution, and can be an efficient way of meeting private as well as social aims. It also suggests that the arguments around the ‘sharp elbows of the middle classes’ in defence of services from which they benefit is political.

Keywords:   welfare society, aid, poor countries, United States, medical professionals, NHS, state education, economy

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