Transforming welfare: new economics, new labour and the new tories

Transforming welfare: new economics, new labour and the new tories
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Coote, Anna; Franklin, Jane
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
1 March 2010
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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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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