Welfare and Human Nature

The Human Subject in Twentieth-Century Social Politics

  • Martin Hewitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 1-18
  3. Mainstream Traditions in Social Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-28
    2. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 29-46
    3. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 74-102
  4. Critical Perspectives on Human Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-104
    2. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 105-117
    3. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 118-138
    4. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 163-184
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-210

About this book


The subject of human nature has recently returned to the centre of welfare debate in Britain, with prime ministers, politicians and academics addressing the effects of social policy on individual character and morality. This book offers the first serious examination of ideas on human nature and motivation in twentieth century welfare.


democracy Policy social democracy social policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Hewitt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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