A social security perspective

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Howard Glennerster (2020) has divided the seventy-five years since the end of the Second World War into four socio-political periods characterised in terms of the economic environment and the dominant political ideology of the times: 1945 to mid-1970s (Period 1), mid 1970s to 1997 (Period 2), 1997-2010 (Period 3) and 2010-2020 (Period 4). This chapter highlights key aspects of the social security research landscape during Glennerster’s fourth period in particular, then examines the emerging research agenda for social security in a putative fifth period, covering the period since 2020. Points of continuity with and change from the fourth period, the importance of some of the overarching contextual factors and some methodological considerations are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Practice
EditorsMichael Adler
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 80088 633 9
ISBN (Print)978 1 80088 632 2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Dec 2022

Publication series

NameElgar Research Agendas
PublisherEdward Elgar


  • social security
  • welfare state
  • social welfare
  • research agenda
  • welfare conditionality
  • income adequacy
  • poverty
  • administrative justice
  • devolution
  • multi level governance
  • universal basic income


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