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Major thinkers in welfare: Contemporary issues in historical perspective

Vic George


This book examines the views of a number of theorists from ancient times to the 19th century on a range of welfare issues: wealth, poverty and inequality; slavery, gender issues and the family; child rearing and education; crime and punishment; the role of government in society; and the strengths and weaknesses of government provision vis-à-vis market provision. The book also looks at the values of the various theorists as well as their perception of human nature for these tend to underpin their welfare views.

Keywords: welfare, wealth, poverty, inequality, slavery, gender issues, punishment, government, human nature, market provision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847427069
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vic George, author