Paternalism and Politics

The Revival of Paternalism in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • Kim Lawes

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

About this book


This book is about continuity and change in early nineteenth-century Britain. Against the background of an emerging industrial state, the popularization of liberal laissez-faire principles and the rise of a class-based society, it examines the revival of traditional paternal ideals and considers their influence upon the development of social policy. The poor laws, social distress, child labour and factory reform provide a focus for the analysis. The implications of the revival for the emergence of the collective or welfare state is an important theme.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Kim Lawes
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Classics, History and ReligionUniversity of New EnglandArmidale, NSWAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41029-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1961-8
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