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Origins of the French Welfare State

The Struggle for Social Reform in France, 1914–1947

Origins of the French Welfare State by Paul V. Dutton
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This is the first comprehensive analysis of public and private welfare in France available in English, or French, which offers a deeply-researched explanation of how France's welfare state came to be and why the French are so attached to it. The author argues that France simultaneously pursued two different paths toward universal social protection. Family welfare embraced an industrial model in which class distinctions and employer control predominated. By contrast, protection against the risks of illness, disability, maternity, and old age followed a mutual aid model of welfare. The book examines a remarkably broad cast of actors that includes workers' unions, employers, mutual leaders, the parliamentary elite, haut fonctionnaires, doctors, pronatalists, women's organizations - both social Catholic and feminist - and diverse peasant organisations. It also traces foreign influences on French social reform, particularly from Germany's former territories in Alsace-Lorraine and Britain's Beveridge Plan.
Cambridge University Press; May 2002
267 pages; ISBN 9780511030178
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Title: Origins of the French Welfare State
Author: Paul V. Dutton
 
ISBNs
0511030177
9780511030178
9780521813341