Welfare and old age in Europe and North America: The Development of Social Insurance

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    Abstract

    Over the last twenty years, historians have become increasingly interested in the role of non-state organizations in the development of welfare services. This study is particularly focused on the role of friendly societies and other insurance bodies in the provision of aid for the elderly and the sick. Essays examine the origins and development of welfare both in Europe and America, and concentrate on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They consider the relationship between the commercial sector and the state, and examine some of the ways in which these organizations continue to contribute to welfare provision. The volume will be relevant not just to historians, but also to policy makers involved in healthcare today.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPickering & Chatto Publishers
    Number of pages288
    ISBN (Print)9781848931893
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Publication series

    NamePerspectives in Economic and Social History
    PublisherPickering & Chatto
    No.21

    Keywords

    • welfare
    • old age
    • europe
    • north america
    • social insurance
    • development

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    Harris, B. (Ed.) (2012). Welfare and old age in Europe and North America: The Development of Social Insurance. (Perspectives in Economic and Social History; No. 21). London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers.