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Discovering child povertyThe creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present$
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Lucinda Platt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345837

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.001.0001

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Rediscovering child poverty: child poverty and policy from 1945

Rediscovering child poverty: child poverty and policy from 1945

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Discovering child poverty

Lucinda Platt

Policy Press

This chapter explores the revelation that poverty, even child poverty, was not solved, and the subsequent attempts to communicate that fact. It notes that this involved both campaigns for increases in support and ongoing attempts to define more precisely the extent of poverty, and to render it conceptually meaningful to policy makers and the public alike. It notes that by the beginning of the postwar period there appeared to be state commitment to a role in supporting children and families with children. It observes however, that the measures that had achieved this had not been unequivocal. Moreover, it explains that the postwar welfare state began to come under pressure relatively soon and one of the casualties of this was the commitment to children.

Keywords:   child poverty, support, postwar period, state commitment, welfare state

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