When economic theory meets policy: Barbara Wootton and the creation of the British welfare state

Carolina Alves*, Danielle Guizzo*

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Abstract

This article investigates Barbara Wootton’s contributions to the discussion and implementation of a welfare system in Britain. It draws both from her theoretical work and her engagement in the public debate, including her interactions with William Beveridge and his welfare plan for post-war Britain. An assessment of Wootton’s published and unpublished works allows for correlating her views on economic theory and policy with the role of the state. We claim that Wootton’s critique of economic theory and her understanding of reality provided a sound foundation for her policy-making prescriptions, which contributed to a more interventionist perspective of Britain’s welfare state.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of the History of Economic Thought
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2022

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Barbara Wootton
  • economic methodology
  • neoclassical economics
  • social policy
  • welfare state

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