Aneurin Bevan was the leading postwar representative in Britain of the
socialist ideal. He is best remembered for the creation of the National Health
Service which he regarded as a symbol of applied socialism, a national service
free at the point of use and available to all. But, even before he resigned
from the postwar Labour government in 1951, this ideal was being eroded. Were
his hopes doomed to disappointment?
Vernon Bogdanor CBE is EmeritusGresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of theBritishAcademyand an Honorary Fellow of theInstituteofAdvanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor Fellow ofBrasenoseCollege, is Professor of Government atOxfordUniversity.
He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of theCzechRepublic,Hungary,Kosovo,IsraelandSlovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in theUnited Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometime special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir IsiaiahBerlinprize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.