George R. Boyer is professor of economics and international and comparative labor at Cornell University. He is the author of An Economic History of the English Poor Law, 1750-1850.
One of the book's great strengths is the way in which is seeks to integrate the history of social policy with the history of living standards more generally, and the book is enhanced by the author's efforts to place both living standards and social protection in an international context. - Bernard Harris * Journal of Economics * An important, and useful, addition to the literature on the history of social welfare in modern Britain. ---John Stewart, Journal of Social Policy