Transforming welfare: new economics, new labour and the new tories
- Document type
- Coote, Anna; Franklin, Jane
- New Economics Foundation
- Date of publication
- 1 March 2010
- Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
- Business and management
- Material type
Over sixty years Britons have grown accustomed to benefits and services provided by the welfare state. All the while, the volume of provision has expanded exponentially, driven by a growing and ageing population, by rising public expectations, and in some cases, notably healthcare, by scientific advances and by supply driving up demand. This expansion was possible whilst the economy continued to grow. Then came the collapse of global financial systems and a steep economic downturn from which ‘recovery’ is uncertain. Furthermore, there is persuasive evidence that continuing economic growth is undesirable, as Tim Jackson has ably demonstrated in Prosperity without Growth. Since it cannot be ‘decoupled’ from carbon emissions sufficiently and in time, continuing growth in the ‘developed’ world will make it impossible to avoid catastrophic damage to the environment.
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