An Intellectual History of British Social Policy: Idealism by John Offer

By John Offer

The historical past of social coverage is rising as a space of transforming into curiosity to either scholars and researchers. This topical publication charts the interval from the 1830s to the current day, offering a clean research of the connection among social thought and social coverage within the united kingdom. varied principles in regards to the ability and goals of social coverage instructed through Individualists, Idealists, and Fabian Socialists are tested intensive and their affects at the international of social coverage reassessed. unique attention is given to the heritage of principles on the subject of casual care and voluntary motion, in addition to motion through the nation. An highbrow historical past of British Social coverage presents a priceless framework that exposes a number of the assumptions concerning the nature of welfare and its destiny course whereas reconsidering and tough many long-held ideals in regards to the evolution of social policy.?

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Spencer’s sustained opposition to statutory welfare provisions, based on his theory of social and general evolution, was twinned with less noted aspects: his arguments in favour of what he calls ‘positive private beneficence’ (which today would be called ‘informal welfare’ or ‘informal care’), his analysis of the role of charitable organisations and his backing of an expansion of the administration of civil justice to enhance welfare. The remainder of this chapter argues that Spencer’s work is not only significant in the history of social theory and welfare but is intrinsic to the process of interpreting present-day debates and research priorities in welfare studies.

But they agreed it was impious for government to seek directly the ‘good society’. Individuals could be ‘freed up’ to learn the values of virtue, but not made virtuous. In most circumstances, to need poor relief when able-bodied signalled a lapse: less eligibility would rekindle in the ‘lapsed queen’ the desire to strive again for prudence and industry as a ‘restored queen’ (the adoption of Whately’s Irish scheme would have made this, according to critics, a protracted process not least because it lacked a test of destitution).

4 As Harris has said: The Royal Commission antipodized public opinion on social issues, between supporters of the majority report – largely embodying the views of the COS Council – and supporters of the minority report – drafted by Sidney and Beatrice Webb. To this day, the historiography of the Poor Law Commission is still heavily influenced by the manichean struggle between collectivism and individualism, progress and reaction so dramatically portrayed in the diaries of Mrs Webb. (Harris, 1989, pp 37-8) 40 Spencer and a liberal road to welfare: the eclipse of a vision The majority report regarded it a duty on both the state and voluntary organisations to arrange nursing to assist informal care where it was deemed necessary, with powers to remove compulsorily to the infirmary cases where the recipient failed to maintain ‘a healthy domicile and good habits’, or cases such as ‘aged sick persons living alone, who have no friends or relatives to look after them’ (Poor Law Report, 1909, vol I, p 360).

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