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26th October 2012

A Minority View: What Beatrice Webb would say now, edited by Barry Knight

Beatrice Webb Memorial Series on Poverty, vol.1, Alliance Publishing Trust, 2011, 128pp, pbk, 1 907376 11 5, available from the Webb Memorial Trust, webb@cranehouse.eu Beatrice Webb’s contribution to a Royal Read More

1st October 2012

Review Essay: Funding Citizen’s Income from Money Creation: The message of James Robertson’s Future Money

The ‘sensible’ view of Citizen’s Income (CI) is that it would pool income tax allowances and welfare benefits, as far as possible, into a single uniform payment, varying only with Read More

26th September 2012

Reinventing Social Solidarity across Europe, edited by Marion Ellison

Policy Press, 2011, xv + 270 pp, hbk, 1 847 42727 4, £70 Social solidarity is ‘a contested, fluid, multilevel and multifaceted concept within the European polity, civil society and Read More

26th September 2012

Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reforms: Flexible Today, Secure Tomorrow?, edited by Karl Hinrichs and Matteo Jessoula

Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, xviii + 262 pp, hbk, 0 230 29006 8, £55 Time was when a lifetime of full-time employment would be followed by retirement on a contributory state Read More

26th August 2012

Welfare Theory: An introduction to the theoretical debates in social policy, by Tony Fitzpatrick

2nd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, xvi + 241 pp, pbk 0 230 27202 6, £19.99 The map with which political philosophers and social theorists are concerned overlaps, to a considerable Read More

26th July 2012

The Last Safety Net: A handbook of minimum income protection in Europe, by Thomas Bahle, Vanessa Hubl, and Michaela Pfeifer

Policy Press, 2011, xi + 271 pp, hbk, 1 847 42725 0, £70 This thoroughly researched survey of European means-tested minimum income protection (MIP) systems – the safety-nets into which Read More

26th July 2012

Social Policy in Challenging Times: Economic crisis and welfare systems, edited by Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Policy Press, 2011, xi + 335 pp, pbk, 1 847 42827 1, £27.99, hbk, 1 847 42828 8, £70 Whilst in all of the countries studied in this edited collection Read More

26th June 2012

Complexity, Institutions and Public Policy: Agile decision-making in a turbulent world, by Graham Room

Edward Elgar, 2011, vii + 383pp, hbk, 0 85793 263 1, £95 This is one of those rare books which studies the deeper foundations of theory and practice: not just Read More

26th June 2012

How Social Security Works: An introduction to benefits in Britain, by Paul Spicker

Policy Press, 2011, xii + 284 pp, hbk 1847428110, £65, pbk, 1847428103, £23.99 This well-organised book is what it says it is: an ‘introduction’ to the ‘design, management, operation and Read More

26th June 2012

Social Policy and Administration, vol.45, no.4, August 2011

As Bent Greve writes in his introduction to this highly topical edition of Social Policy and Administration, the financial crisis which began in 2008 has given rise to ‘a new Read More