William Beveridge

[Lord Beveridge]

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William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge (5 March 1879 – 16 March 1963) was a British economist and social reformer. He is best known for his 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services (known as the Beveridge Report) which served as the basis for the post-World War II welfare state put in place by the Labour government elected in 1945.

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  • ''Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.''
    William, Lord Beveridge (1879-1963), British economist. Full Employment in a Full Society, pt. 4 (1944).
  • ''The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.''
    William, Lord Beveridge (1879-1963), British economist. Social Insurance and Allied Services, pt. 7 (1942).
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