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Unemployment and the state in Britain: The means test and protest in 1930s south Wales and north-east England

Stephanie Ward


Unemployment and the State in Britain offers an important and original contribution to understandings of the 1930s. This is the first full-length study of the highly controversial household means test introduced by the National Government in 1931. The means test was often at the centre of public and private debates about unemployment, and it generated the largest examples of street protests in the interwar period. The book examines the construction of the image of the means test and claims that it worsened the position of the long-term unemployed. The idea that the test led families to separat ... More

Keywords: Unemployment, Protest, Social movements, Means Test, Welfare, Comparative history, Depression, Social policy, South Wales, North-East England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719086809
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Ward, author