Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945

TitleFamily, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsPedersen, Susan
Number of Pages478
PublisherCambridge University Press
City, CountryCambridge; New York
Abstract

The development of European welfare states in the first half of this century has often been seen as a response to the rise of class politics. This study of social policies in Britain and France between 1914 and 1945 contests this interpretation. It argues, by contrast, that early policymakers and social reformers were responding equally to a perceived crisis of family relations and gender roles. The institutions they developed continue to structure the welfare state as it exists today. This book is innovative in the range and scope of its research, its comparative focus, and its argument, which poses a challenge to older class-based interpretations of the development of the welfare state. It will be of interest to scholars of European history and politics, as well as to those interested in social policy and women's studies. [Cambridge University Press]

Short TitleFamily Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State
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