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Published on Sep 9, 2015
Here is a recording of a Skype interview I conducted on 7.7.15 with Paul Spicker, a Professor in Public Policy at Robert Gordon University, about the history of social policy in England and the UK.
My questions were edited out to improve the flow.
Prof. Spicker discusses three key periods of development:
• the Old Poor Law, • the New Poor Law • the Welfare State.
Within that, however, there are several large themes: • residual welfare and the response to poverty • how changes in society led to changes in social welfare provision (vagrancy, settlement, the Industrial Revolution) • the balance of relief with punishment and stigma: the workhouse and less eligibility • the growth of public administration (local government, health, education, etc), and • the shift to institutional welfare.