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