A Green History of the Welfare State
Part of the Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar series 2017/18
Books by Tony Fitzpatrick include Climate Change and Poverty; International Handbook on Social Policy & the Environment.
Politicians and policymakers can be accused of lacking awareness of the extent to which environmental issues and welfare policy issues share economic, political and social agendas. This paper tracks the post-1945 development of both subjects, focusing upon government (in)activity, and highlights the missed opportunities and occasional synergies which characterised the period up until the end of the New Labour era.