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An intellectual history of British social policy: Idealism versus non-idealism

John Offer


Drawing on recent historical research, the book reconsiders and challenges many long-held beliefs about the ‘evolution’ of social policy; presents a wide-ranging reappraisal of links between social theories and changes in social policy; pays particular attention to the importance of idealist social thought as an intellectual framework for understanding the ‘welfare state’ and has a distinctive focus on the importance of ideas in the history of social policy. Different ideas about the means and aims of social policy suggested by individualists, idealists and Fabian Socialists are examined in de ... More

Keywords: social policy, social theories, idealist social thought, welfare state, idealists, Fabian Socialists, individualists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781861345318
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Offer, author