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William BeveridgeA Biography$
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Jose Harris

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206859.001.0001

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Father of the Welfare State?

Father of the Welfare State?

(p.451) [18] Father of the Welfare State?
William Beveridge

Jose Harris

Oxford University Press

In the years that followed, Beveridge was elected to the House of Commons. Later, the new Labour Government began the process of implementing Beveridge's proposals that provided the basis of the modern welfare state. Beveridge created Baron Beveridge of Tuggal and eventually became leader of the Liberals in the House of Lords. Despite the rapidly changing character of post-war society, Beveridge's views on social policy continued to attract a good deal of popular attention throughout his old age, both in Britain and abroad. He visited different places and was regularly consulted by federal and provincial officials on social reconstruction. Beveridge's forays into public debate continued for the rest of his life; and, despite his exclusion from the inner circles of governments, the benchmark of ‘Beveridge’ continued to exercise a powerful constraint over the boundaries of social policy for many years after the war.

Keywords:   defeat, Labour, welfare state, Voluntary Action, public debate

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