Developing social policy in conditions of rapid change: The role of social welfare

Howard Glennerster

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI:
Developing social policy in conditions of rapid change: The role of social welfare

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This chapter observes that the lecture on rapid change shows that Titmuss is advanced in his thinking on environmental issues and anticipated the global implications of human pollution. It notes that just as in the 19th century the threat of epidemics forced the Victorians to see that public health is a public good that required public collective action, so world environmental threats might force us to understand the need for global collective action and lead us to recognise the limitations of free markets and selfish private actions. It further notes that international experience forms an important element in Titmuss's policy analysis and policy recommendations. It also forms part of the analytical approach to understand one's own institutions better if they can be compared with other countries.

Keywords: rapid change; environmental issues; human pollution; epidemics; Victorians; collective action; free markets; social policy; policy analysis; policy recommendations

Chapter.  3467 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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