The one nation idea and state welfare: the Conservatives and pensions in the 1950s
Bridgen, Paul (2000) The one nation idea and state welfare: the Conservatives and pensions in the 1950s. Contemporary British History, 14, (3), 83-104. (doi:10.1080/13619460008581595).
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The Conservatives’ 1959 earnings-related pension scheme has rightly been dismissed by historians as an exercise in financial retrenchment. However, the debate that preceded its introduction has been ignored. This, it is argued, involved the first concerted attempt by ‘One Nation’ Conservatives to construct a social policy different both from the Conservative right’s rigid adherence to laissez-faire government and Labour’s uncritical statism. The state would guarantee and regulate greater private pension provision, but would only provide pensions as a last resort. The Treasury and the Conservative right blocked these proposals in 1957–58, but similar ideas continued to inform debates on pensions policy after this date.
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
|Date Deposited:||20 Jul 2006|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2011 11:32|
|Contributors:||Bridgen, Paul (Author)
|Contact Email Address:||Paul.Bridgen@soton.ac.uk|
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