What's Wrong with Social Policy and How to Fix It / Edition 1

What's Wrong with Social Policy and How to Fix It / Edition 1

by Bill Jordan
     
 

This book argues that the financial crash of 2008-9 has exposed the disastrous consequences of applying economic theory to the collective life of societies. In seeking to manage social relationships through incentives for individual gain, market-like menus of choices and business-style sets of interlocking contracts, the model adopted by the governments of the UK

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This book argues that the financial crash of 2008-9 has exposed the disastrous consequences of applying economic theory to the collective life of societies. In seeking to manage social relationships through incentives for individual gain, market-like menus of choices and business-style sets of interlocking contracts, the model adopted by the governments of the UK and USA has subverted the basis for social policy in mutuality and membership.

This has been demonstrated by growing inequalities, by failures and scandals in the social services, by the flat-lining of measured wellbeing (even during the boom years), by increases in a wide range of social problems, and by public disillusion over the effectiveness of policy programmes. In the post-crash world, the political culture needs to enable the expression of collective action for the benefits of interdependence, and to overcome the threats of ecological catastrophe and divisive ideology. Only in this way can social policy be part of an inclusive global movement to restore faith in a politics of social justice.

Bill Jordan's up-to-date, passionate and engaging argument forges convincing links between a wide range of the troubling phenomena in the public life of our times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745647401
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Series:
PWWS - Polity Whats Wrong Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 The Problem 18

2 Income, credit and redistribution 44

3 Services and well-being 75

4 Global social policy 119

5 Sustainability - communities and the environment 154

6 Conclusions - transforming social policy 188

Notes and References 210

Bibliography 224

Index 244

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