Health and Safety in Contemporary Britain

Society, Legitimacy, and Change since 1960

  • Paul Almond
  • Mike Esbester

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 1-19
  3. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 21-42
  4. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 43-78
  5. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 79-136
  6. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 137-182
  7. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 183-237
  8. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 239-290
  9. Paul Almond, Mike Esbester
    Pages 291-306
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 307-317

About this book


This book analyses the perceived legitimacy of health and safety in post-1960 British public life. Since 2010 health and safety has appeared to be in crisis, being attacked by press, politicians and public alike, but are these claims of crisis accurate? How have understandings of health and safety changed over the past 60 years? By exploring the history, culture, and operation of health and safety in contemporary Britain, this book provides a new assessment of an understudied, but surprisingly far-reaching, part of the British political and social landscape. Combining archival research with focus group, social survey and oral history testimony, the book examines the historical background to health and safety, how health and safety has been enacted in public and in the workplace, the impact of changing economic, occupational and social structures on the operation of health and safety, and the conflicts and interests that have shaped the area.


business authority worker manager rights policy legal historical regulatory social change trade unions voluntarism

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Almond
    • 1
  • Mike Esbester
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Area Studies, History, Politics and LiteratureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03969-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03970-7
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