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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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The welfare state: Images and realities

The welfare state: Images and realities

(p.49) Chapter One The welfare state: Images and realities
Welfare and wellbeing

Tania Burchardt

Policy Press

This chapter examines the extract from Titmuss's ‘The welfare state: Images and realities’, originally presented at the University of California in 1962. It notes that Titmuss traces the history of the term ‘welfare state’: it came into common use in Britain only in the 1950s — several years after the Beveridge report, the foundation of the National Health Service (NHS), and the passing of the National Assistance Act. It explains that Titmuss identifies two kinds of meaning of ‘the welfare state’ in 1960s Britain, where one differentiates it from other kinds of state (communist, pre-industrial), while the other refers to a state within a state — that part of government activity which is concerned with promoting the welfare of citizens.

Keywords:   welfare state, University of California, Titmuss, Britain, Beveridge report, National Health Service, National Assistance Act, welfare

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