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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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Developing social policy in conditions of rapid change: The role of social welfare

Developing social policy in conditions of rapid change: The role of social welfare

(p.185) Chapter Two Developing social policy in conditions of rapid change: The role of social welfare
Welfare and wellbeing

Howard Glennerster

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This chapter observes that the lecture on rapid change shows that Titmuss is advanced in his thinking on environmental issues and anticipated the global implications of human pollution. It notes that just as in the 19th century the threat of epidemics forced the Victorians to see that public health is a public good that required public collective action, so world environmental threats might force us to understand the need for global collective action and lead us to recognise the limitations of free markets and selfish private actions. It further notes that international experience forms an important element in Titmuss's policy analysis and policy recommendations. It also forms part of the analytical approach to understand one's own institutions better if they can be compared with other countries.

Keywords:   rapid change, environmental issues, human pollution, epidemics, Victorians, collective action, free markets, social policy, policy analysis, policy recommendations

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