How does social progress in Britain since 1950 compare with that in “peer” countries?

Part of the Perspectives on Social Policy in Oxford Hilary 2018 seminar series.

This presentation compares trends in social progress in Britain since the 1950s with those in peer countries such as France and Germany.  It then asks what light may be shed by comparisons of peer countries’ trajectories on the effectiveness or otherwise of British policy interventions, such as Margaret Thatcher’s move away from the postwar consensus to a more American-style free-market economy and liberal welfare state.