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Social Policy and Welfare PluralismSelected Writings of Robert Pinker$
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John Offer and Robert Pinker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323556

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323556.001.0001

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The ends and means of social policy: a personal and generational perspective

The ends and means of social policy: a personal and generational perspective

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Social Policy and Welfare Pluralism

Robert Pinker

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In this chapter, Robert Pinker considers the ways in which different generations of students perceive the history of social policy as well as the different vantage points in time from which each of us look back on our own lives. Pinker first discusses some of the scholars who had influenced his approach to the study of social policy from the 1950s onwards, including Richard Titmuss, T.H. Marshall, Brian Abel-Smith, and O.R. McGregor. He then describes the academic context in which he started his career and wrote Social Theory and Social Policy and explains his interest in developing theories and models of social welfare for purposes of historical and comparative research. Pinker also talks about the variety of topics he explored in his research, such as the moral dynamics of welfare institutions.

Keywords:   social policy, Robert Pinker, Richard Titmuss, T.H. Marshall, Brian Abel-Smith, O.R. McGregor, Social Theory and Social Policy, social welfare, welfare institutions

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