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28th March 2010

Making policy in theory and practice, edited by Hugh Bochel and Sue Duncan

Policy Press, 2007, ix + 251, pp, pbk, 1 861 349033, £24.99, hbk 1 861 349040, £65 In the introduction to this important book by policy-makers and academics, the editors Read More

28th March 2010

The Economics of Social Protection, by Lars Söderström

Edward Elgar, 2008, xi + 180, pp, hbk 1 847 202390, £49.95 Söderström understands social protection as provision for consumption needs when for various reasons (unemployment, illness, childhood, old age) Read More

28th March 2010

Pensions and Population Ageing, by John Creedy

Edward Elgar, 1998, xv + 239 pp, hbk 1 858 988020, £68 The Pensions Commission has come and gone, and Adair Turner has wondered publicly whether he ought to have Read More

28th February 2010

Gender and the politics of time, by Valerie Bryson

Policy Press, 2007, vi + 222 pp, pbk, 1 861 347497, £24.99, hbk 1 861 347503, £60 Our awareness of time is socially constructed, and in modern capitalist society we Read More

28th February 2010

Policy reconsidered, edited by Susan M. Hodgson and Zoe Irving

Policy Press, 2007, vi + 250 pp, pbk, 1 861 349125, £24.99, hbk 1 861 349132, £65 ‘What is policy?’ (p.22). It is with such fundamental questions in mind that Read More

28th February 2010

Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance: An Exploratory Essay, by Richard E. Wagner

Edward Elgar, 2007, x + 228 pp, hbk, 1 84720 246 8, £59.95 Every science sets off from axioms: a set of unproven, and generally unprovable, hypotheses. Since Adam Smith, Read More

7th February 2010

Review article: The Spirit Level, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, Allen Lane, 2009, xvii + 331 pp, hbk, 1 846 14039 6, £20 We Read More

12th November 2009

The Activation Dilemma: Reconciling the fairness and effectiveness of minimum income schemes in Europe, by Amilcar Moreira

Policy Press, 2008, ix + 155 pp, hbk, 1 84742 046 6, £65 In the UK the 1995 Jobseekers Act made receipt of benefit dependent on searching for and accepting Read More

12th November 2009

Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction, by Stephan Leibfried and Steffen Mau (eds.)

Volume I: Analytical Approaches; volume II: Varieties and Transformations; volume III: Legitimation, Achievement and Integration, Edward Elgar, 2008, 2,176pp, hbk, 1 84720 080 X, £495 This three-volume set collects together Read More

12th November 2009

Towards a Democratic Division of Labour in Europe?, by Walter Van Dongen

Policy Press, 2008, ix + 288 pp, pbk, 1 84742 269 9, £29.99, hbk, 1 84742 294 1, £70 This book is timely. Recent discussion of whether or not a Read More