Beveridge and Social Security: An International Retrospective by John Hills

Beveridge and Social Security: An International Retrospective

EditorJohn Hills, John Ditch, Howard Glennerster

Hardcover | September 1, 1981

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The Beveridge Report of 1942 captured the public imagination with its principles of universal social insurance in Britain. Beveridge's idea was to use universal benefits to remove the poverty caused by certain contingencies, such as unemployment or disability. This book considers the influenceof Beveridge's ideas on social security and argues that the reality, over the subsequent fifty years, has been very different from the principles and from the vision he expressed. The first group of papers in this volume examines the recommendations of the Beveridge Report, the concessions that were made before implementation was possible, and the history of the postwar social insurance system. His biographer, Jose Harris, explains how Beveridge's beliefs were formed in theyears preceding the War. The important aspects of the social insurance system are considered in depth, such as the state pension, and the principle of flat-rate rather than means-tested benefits. The second group of papers deals with the adoption or dismissal of Beveridge's recommendations inseveral countries: Germany, Poland, Holland, Israel, Sweden, and Australia. The authors generally conclude that there has, in Britain, been a move away from universally available benefits to means-tested income support. Despite this, the editors argue that Beveridge's important legacy has been the notion of a national minimum income: a safety net covering all. This idea has substantial present-day relevance as the countries of the European Community debate the issue of political as well as economic convergence. Contributors: John Hills, John Ditch, Howard Glennerster, Brian Abel-Smith, Jose Harris, Peter Baldwin, Martin Evans, John Macnicol, John Veit-Wilson, Rodney Lowe, Fritz Grundger, Maciej Zukowski, Saskia Klosse, Teun Jaspers, Mies Westerveld, Abraham Doron, Tor E. Eriksen, Edward E. Palmer, BettinaCass, John Freeland

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John Hills is at London School of Economics. John Ditch is at University of York.
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Title:Beveridge and Social Security: An International RetrospectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:262 pages, 9.25 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1981Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198288069

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`The first part of the volume is really provocative. Not so much because of its interesting insights in the origin and aftermath of the report, but because of the fact that the various contributions present in all its tones the paradoxes and contradictions of this historical event.'Social Policy