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A case of confusion and incoherence: Social security under Wilson, 1964-1970

Thornton, Stephen Lascelles ORCID: 2006. A case of confusion and incoherence: Social security under Wilson, 1964-1970. Contemporary British History 20 (3) , pp. 441-459. 10.1080/13619460500407160

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This article will focus on the failure of the 1964–1970 Wilson governments to implement two radical election pledges: to produce a comprehensive state earnings-related pension scheme and to introduce the ‘income guarantee’ – a minimum benefit to be paid without recourse to the traditional means test. The story of these failures will be put in the context of the often difficult political and economic circumstances of this period. However, it will also be suggested that significant strategic mistakes were made. Furthermore, this chapter will highlight one of Wilson's least effective organisational experiments, the introduction of the short-lived post of social policy ‘overlord’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1743-7997
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:32

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