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Colonialism and Welfare - Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy

Panel discussion and book launch

17 May 2011, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, Room CON.H103, Connaught House, LSE

Speakers: Frank Judd, Thandika Mkandawire, James Midgley

Chair: David Piachaud

The British Empire covered three centuries, five continents and one-quarter of the world’s population. Its legacy continues, shaping the societies and welfare policies of much of the modern world. In this book, for the first time, this legacy is explored and analyzed. Colonialism and Welfare reveals that social welfare policies, often discriminatory and challenging to those colonized, were introduced and imposed by the ‘mother country.’ It highlights that there was great diversity in rationales and impacts across the empire, but past developments had a major impact on the development of much of the world’s population. Contributions from every continent explore both the diversity and the common themes in the imperial experience. They examine the legacy of colonial welfare – a subject largely neglected by both historians of empire and social policy analysts.

LSE Contributors include Dr Ruth Kattumuri (Asia Research Centre) and Dr Joanna Lewis (Department of International History).

Additional Details

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

About the Speakers


Lord Frank Judd is former Minister for Overseas Development and was previously the Director of Oxfam. He was made a life peer in 1991. In the Lords he is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.


Professor Thandika Mkandawire is Professor in African Development and Former Head of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.


Professor James Midgley is Harry and Riva Specht Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.


Professor David Piachaud is Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE.


David Piachuad, Frank Judd, Thandika Mkandawire and James Midgley