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I wasn't going to feed the troll.

But everyone else has, so:

National Health Service.

It's imperfect and hardly any more "unalloyed" than some of your other examples, but it was a groundbreaking social undertaking when it was established and included a number of ideas that changed healthcare organisation across the world.

(Although arguably some of those ideas were invented before 1948, still inside the UK.)

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Jan 21st, 2007 at 07:42:01 AM EST
Add to that the cooperative movement.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 21st, 2007 at 10:02:54 AM EST
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And a tradition of supporting charitable organisations.

WOMAD, Amnesty, Oxfam, NSPCC, (which is national, but has international influence) are just a few I can think of.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jan 21st, 2007 at 11:50:12 AM EST
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