Originally published in 1976, Freedom and the Welfare State, critiques the Welfare State in Britain and analyses the relationship between freedom and welfare. The book considers philosophical, literary and political expressions of the ideals of liberty, and relates them to present-day issues in social policy and the social services. It tackles the major questions emerging in the current welfare debate such as, does state assistance destroy individual initiative and independence and, are welfare institutions agencies of social control which reinforce the dominant economic order?

chapter 1|6 pages

Three Traditions

part 1|214 pages


chapter 2|209 pages

Liberty and Liberation

chapter 3|194 pages

The True Nature of ‘the Social Being’

chapter 4|13 pages

‘Alternative Realities’

chapter 5|12 pages

Freedom and Social Control

chapter 7|142 pages

The Ethics of Intervention

part 2|129 pages

Welfare Institutions

chapter 8|14 pages

Flattery and Dumb Service

chapter 9|111 pages

The Origins of Social Engineering

chapter 10|15 pages

Two Concepts of Welfare

chapter 11|82 pages

Punishment, Treatment and Control

chapter 12|66 pages

Citizenship and Social Work

part 3|54 pages

A Welfare Society

chapter 13|16 pages

Family–Support or Suppression?

chapter 14|13 pages

Work: an Essential Characteristic of Man?

chapter 15|23 pages

‘A Decent and Secure Life’