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Welfare and wellbeingRichard Titmuss's contribution to social policy$
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Pete Alcock, Howard Glennerster, and Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342997

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.001.0001

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Social welfare and the art of giving

Social welfare and the art of giving

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(p.125) Chapter Three Social welfare and the art of giving
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Welfare and wellbeing
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John Hills

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.003.0012

This chapter presages some of the arguments developed much more fully in Titmuss's later book The gift relationship. It notes Titmuss's argument that, ‘altruism by strangers for strangers was and is an attempt to fill a moral void created by applied science’. It further notes that Titmuss's main concern is to attack those, such as Seymour Lipset (1960) or Daniel Bell (1960), who had proclaimed the end of political ideology, as the terms of the ‘post-war consensus’ narrowed debate from major differences in views of the role of the state to minor disputes which made changes of political control of little importance.

Keywords:   altruism, strangers, moral void, applied science, Seymour Lipset, Daniel Bell, political ideology, post-war consensus, political control

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