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Freedom from want: 60 years on<sup>1</sup>

Michael Hill

in Social Policy Review 21

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423733
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0001
Freedom from want: 60 years on1

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This chapter looks at the issue of tackling want, 60 years on from the Beveridge's reforms. It looks at the way in which the 1948 settlement was a compromised response to want, and the tensions of balancing the objectives of insurance-based and safety-net schemes. It highlights the ongoing tensions experienced by policy makers in trying to tackle want, particularly the impact of feminist and anti-poverty research in highlighting the contested and gendered nature of poverty. It points out how the debate has changed since the 1940s, and looks at contemporary developments in the light of those changes in discourse and policy.

Keywords: want; Beveridge's reforms; 1948 settlement; feminist and anti-poverty research; policy

Chapter.  6856 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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