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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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Values and choices

Values and choices

(p.215) Chapter Three Values and choices
Welfare and wellbeing

Pete Alcock

Policy Press

This chapter deals with the final extract taken from the posthumous collection of LSE lectures focusing on the role of values in the study of social policy. It observes that for Titmuss, an investigation of the place of values in academic study and research is essential to a proper understanding of the subject. It notes that values underpinned his own work; but not in the glib way in which some critics, both contemporary and subsequent, suggest. It further notes that Titmuss recognised that both the practice and the study of social policy are about means and ends. It explains that social policy is studied in order to change it; policy change seeks to achieve particular goals; and goals are determined by the values that underpin them. It concludes that values are therefore intrinsic to study and research in social policy.

Keywords:   social policy, values, Titmuss, research, policy change

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