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Richard Titmuss

Richard Titmuss was Professor of Social Administration at the LSE from 1950 until his death in 1973. He played an important role in establishing social policy and administration as scientific disciplines both in this country and internationally: his thinking and writing helped to shape the British Welfare State. He was also an influential teacher and adviser to the British Labour party and many governments abroad. His publications span diverse subjects including social class inequalities in health and disease; demography; income distribution and social change; the cost of the National Health Service; and the economic and moral aspects of blood donation.
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Essays on the Welfare State

This reissued classic contains a selection of Richard Titmuss (1907-1973) most famous writing on social issues. It covers subjects from the position of women in society, changes in family life to the problems of an ageing population, pensions, social security and taxation policy, and the development of the national health service.

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The Gift Relationship

From Human Blood to Social Policy

In this reissued classic, Richard Titmuss compares blood donation in the US and UK, contrasting the British system of reliance on voluntary donors to the American one in which the blood supply is in the hands of for-profit enterprises, concluding that a system based on altruism is safer and more economically efficient.

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