The founding of the welfare state in the 1940s was one of the crowning achievements of modern British history. Or was it? In this seminal book, originally published in 2004 and now studied on university courses throughout Britain, James Bartholomew advanced the hitherto sacrilegious argument that, however well-meaning its founders, the welfare state has in reality done more harm than good. In it he asked questions such as do welfare benefits cause unemployment? How and why does the NHS fail to deliver? Can state education ever be properly reformed? Does broken parenting matter? Is a low state pension better than none at all, and who pays for it? The Welfare State We're In argued that far from being the socialist utopia the post-war generation dreamed of, the welfare state has in reality caused tens of thousands of people to live deprived and even depraved lives, undermining the very decency and kindness which first inspired it. Updated and with a new introduction by the author, this classic book has never been more starkly relevant than to the Britain of today. Updated edition of a political classic, The Welfare State We're In sold 7,000 copies in two editions: 9781842750636 and 9781842751619. This seminal and controversial book perfectly chimes with current debates on the role of the welfare system. It was the winner of the Institute of Economic Affairs' 2005 Arthur Seldon Award for Excellence, and the 2007 Sir Anthony Fisher Memorial Award which is awarded by the Atlas Foundation in America.
Product code: AFMGA
Dimensions: 23.3cm x 15.6cm
Publish date: 05/11/2012
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