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Professor Steven King Inaugural Lecture

The welfare state: present, past and (?) future

Steven King
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This lecture draws on the lessons of Professor King's multi-book project linking history and policy across the entire duration of the British welfare state (1601-2023). It explores the historical roots of welfare dilemmas that are currently constructed in presentist terms and asks what lessons history might hold for the future (if there is one) of the British welfare system.

  • From: Tuesday 31 January 2023, 5.30 pm
  • To: Tuesday 31 January 2023, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 3, Clifton Campus, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Monday 30 January 2023, 12.00 am
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By the time you come to this lecture, the taxation 'burden' will be the highest since 1945. Even so, the British welfare state (including the NHS) is buckling. The case for radical change is increasingly made from the right and the left of politics and public opinion. But what to change, how to change it, and how to pay?

Steven King is Professor of Economic and Social History. He joined Nottingham Trent in July 2020 have previously worked at the University of Leicester, Oxford Brookes, University of Central Lancashire and University of London. He has research interests in medical history, the welfare state, histories of disability and broadly defined histories from below. He is currently working on the fifth book - a study of welfare fraud between 1601 and 2024 - in his planned seven book series dealing with the past, [present and future of the welfare state.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Lecture Theatre 3
Clifton Campus
NG11 8NS


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