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Richard Titmuss: forty years on

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Speaker(s): Professor Howard Glennerster
Chair: Professor Julian Le Grand

Recorded on 23 October 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Richard Titmuss was one of the world’s leading public analysts and philosophers. He was enormously influential in shaping the post-war welfare state and created the discipline that we now call social policy. It is now forty years since he died. What would he have made of the present state of welfare? The present state of social policy? Welfare reformers frequently talk of going back to Beveridge. Should we not think of going back to Titmuss?

Howard Glennerster is professor emeritus of social policy at LSE, and began teaching at the School in the Titmuss era.

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