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Introduction

Martin Evans and Lewis Williams

in A generation of change, a lifetime of difference?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423054
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423054.003.0001
Introduction

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This book uses a model lifetime methodology to assess how far there has been significant differences in the outcomes of British social policy, a ‘lifetime of difference’, since 1979. Its main underlying themes are to describe and analyse policy change in Britain since the 1970s and to do so by looking at lifetime design and outcomes. It is divided into three parts. Part One sets the scene for a detailed look at British policy and society and how they have changed. Part Two takes policy structures from the point of pregnancy and birth and childhood to retirement and death. Finally, Part Three moves into a more analytical overview of policy change using hypothetical lifetimes. The book specifically outlines the methodology and assumptions used to create the individual hypothetical lifetimes and also join the hypothetical world of model lifetimes to the changing context of actual policy and incomes over the period.

Keywords: British social policy; lifetime of difference; policy change; British society; pregnancy; birth; childhood; retirement; death

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