Values and choices

Pete Alcock

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI:
Values and choices

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This chapter deals with the final extract taken from the posthumous collection of LSE lectures focusing on the role of values in the study of social policy. It observes that for Titmuss, an investigation of the place of values in academic study and research is essential to a proper understanding of the subject. It notes that values underpinned his own work; but not in the glib way in which some critics, both contemporary and subsequent, suggest. It further notes that Titmuss recognised that both the practice and the study of social policy are about means and ends. It explains that social policy is studied in order to change it; policy change seeks to achieve particular goals; and goals are determined by the values that underpin them. It concludes that values are therefore intrinsic to study and research in social policy.

Keywords: social policy; values; Titmuss; research; policy change

Chapter.  1909 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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