The Transformation of British Welfare Policy: politics, discourse and public opinion

Hosted by the Department of Government

Online public event, United Kingdom


Dr Tom O'Grady

Dr Tom O'Grady

Dr Kitty Stewart

Dr Kitty Stewart


Professor Jonathan Hopkin

Professor Jonathan Hopkin

Since 2010 the UK has embarked on a series of radical welfare reforms that have led to greater poverty, homelessness, indebtedness, and foodbank use. It has diverged from other European countries experiencing similar economic and social trends, who have not enacted such dramatic cuts and reforms. Why has this happened?

This event celebrates the upcoming launch of Dr Tom O'Grady's book The Transformation of British Welfare Policy: Politics, Discourse and Public Opinion, published by Oxford University Press and explores the roots of public opinion on the welfare system, the motives of politicians who have revolutionised it, and the ways in which the system and its users have been spoken about. 

Meet our speakers and chair 

Tom O'Grady (@DrTomD_OG) is Associate Professor of Political Science at University College London. 

Kitty Stewart is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE.

Jonathan Hopkin (@jrhopkin) is Professor of Comparative Politics at the LSE European Institute and Department of Government. 

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Twitter Hashtag for this event is: #LSEWelfareReforms


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