Britain and the Welfare State in the 21st Century: a more or less "irresponsible society"?
Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
In November 1959, Richard Titmuss, Head of the then Department of Social Science and Administration (now Social Policy) at LSE, gave a lecture on ‘The Irresponsible Society’. In it he pointed to the features of Britain in the late 1950s that added up to irresponsibility: the power of unaccountable financial interests; the way ‘welfare for the better-off’ undermined social security; the view of education simply as economic investment; irresponsible newspapers; and the tolerance of inequality. Sixty years on from the lecture John Hills, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at LSE will discuss how we might judge today’s society by similar – and new – criteria.
Speaker: Professor John Hills
Discussants: Dr Sonia Exley, Professor Howard Glennerster
Chair: Professor Anne West
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.