The wisdom of prevention: long-term planning, upstream investment and early action to prevent harm

The wisdom of prevention: long-term planning, upstream investment and early action to prevent harm
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Coote, Anna
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
5 April 2012
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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A report argues for a change in policy to prevent health, economic, environmental and social problems rather than seek to treat their consequences. Causes of harms in society are often interlinked and self-reinforcing. At present climate change is threatening catastrophic environmental damage, social inequality is widening and economic recession is threatening the ability of the state to support its citizens. Bottom-up prevention is required, but first it is necessary to build support for it in society. There are strong barriers to change, but it is becoming increasingly necessary.

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