Citizenship as a key concept

Derek Heater

in Citizenship in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622252
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671960 | DOI:
Citizenship as a key concept

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The creation of the Welfare State, which consolidated social rights as, for all intents and purposes, an indisputable element of British citizenship, was in large measure the achievement of the Labour Party brought to power in 1945. There was some uncertainty about whether the Conservatives would support these reforms, might even dismantle them when they came into office. However, during the war, while deeply fearful of its huge expense, Churchill accepted the principles of the Beveridge Report; and he showed his commitment to post-war planning by creating the Reconstruction Committee. This chapter discusses party doctrines and education; Celtic nationhoods; and the impact of the immigration and settlement of peoples of various ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds on British citizenship.

Keywords: welfare state; British citizenship; social rights; Labour Party; Celtic nationhoods

Chapter.  17661 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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