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The Welfare State We're In.

Author: James Bartholomew
Publisher: New York : Biteback Publishing, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The welfare state is one of Britain's crowning achievements. Or is it? In this seminal book, now studied in universities in Britain and elsewhere, James Bartholomew advances the sacrilegious argument that, however well meaning its founders, the welfare state has done more harm than good. He argues that far from being the socialist utopia the post-war generation dreamed of, the welfare state has led to avoidable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bartholomew, James.
Welfare State We're In.
New York : Biteback Publishing, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Bartholomew
ISBN: 9781849546812 1849546819
OCLC Number: 870597432
Description: 1 online resource (782 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Dedication; The welfare state quiz; The welfare state --
some of the major dates; Introduction to the new edition; Author's preface: Growing up with the welfare state; Preface to the 2006 paperback edition; Contents; Chapter 1: From Stanley Matthews to Vinnie Jones; Chapter 2: Social security: Catherine's four dead boys and Frank's bingo blow-out; Chapter 3: The NHS: like a train crash every day; Chapter 4: Education: eleven years at school and still illiterate; Chapter 5: Housing: from 'homes fit for heroes' to Rachman and Damilola Taylor. Chapter 6: Parenting: Princess Diana and the habits of the apesChapter 7: Pensions: Octavia warned us; Chapter 8: Tax and growth: Harold Wilson versus John Who?; Chapter 9: The reckoning; Chapter 10: If the welfare state is so bad, why don't we get rid of it?; Afterword: Why do people talk more about 'poverty' now that there is less of it?; Little stars of hope for education; The NHS: so did it 'get better'?; Ten things wrong with the welfare state; Ten reasons why the welfare state has failed; Four reasons why the welfare state is unlikely ever to succeed. Personal reflections on writing The Welfare State We're InAcknowledgements; Select bibliography; Picture credits; Notes to the figures; A, B, C; Index; D, E, F; G, H, I; J, K, L; M, N, O; P, Q, R; S, T, U; V, W, X; Y, Z; Copyright.

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The welfare state is one of Britain's crowning achievements. Or is it? In this seminal book, now studied in universities in Britain and elsewhere, James Bartholomew advances the sacrilegious argument that, however well meaning its founders, the welfare state has done more harm than good. He argues that far from being the socialist utopia the post-war generation dreamed of, the welfare state has led to avoidable deaths in the NHS, falling standards in schools, permanent mass unemployment and many other unintended consequences. At a deeper level, he contends that the welfare state has cause.

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