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12th February 2008

Work, Leisure and the Environment, by Tim Robinson

Edward Elgar, 2006, x + 136 pp, hbk, 1 84720 103 4, £39.95. The preface sums up the argument of this campaigning book: This book is about a fundamental flaw Read More

12th February 2008

Redesigning the Welfare State: Germany’s Current Agenda for an Activating Social Assistance, by Hans-Werner Sinn et al

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2006, xi + 204 pp., hardback, 1 84720 077 X, £55. This careful and detailed study of the German welfare state from the Ifo Institute for Economic Read More

12th February 2008

Cash and Care: Policy challenges in the welfare state, by Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp

Policy Press, 2006, xii + 322 pp, pbk, 1 86134 856 8, £22.99. The distinction between cash benefits and care has begun to break down as people with disabilities are Read More

12th February 2008

The Distributional Effects of Indirect Taxes: Models and applications from New Zealand, by John Creedy and Cath Sleeman

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2006, xiii + 261 pp., hardback, 1 84720 042 7, £65. The New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST) has no exemptions and is imposed at a Read More

12th February 2008

Housing allowances in comparative perspective, by Peter A Kemp (ed.), and Housing and the new welfare state: Perspectives from East Asia and Europe, by Richard Groves, Alan Murie and Christopher Watson (eds)

Housing allowances in comparative perspective, The Policy Press, Bristol, 2007, 340pp, hardback, 1 86134 754 1, £65, Housing and the new welfare state, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007, 224pp, hardback, 0 7546 4440 Read More

12th November 2007

Plundering the Public Sector, by David Craig, with Richard Brooks

Constable, London, 2006, viii + 263 pp., paperback, 1 84529 374 6, £9.99 This is a carefully researched study of the British Government’s love-affair with consultants: both management consultants and Read More

12th November 2007

The Institutional Logic of Welfare Attitudes, by Christian Albrekt Larsen

Ashgate, 2006, 184 pp, hbk, 0 7546 4857 5, £45 It’s not that public attitudes to welfare determine welfare policy; rather, welfare policy determines public attitudes. That is the evidence-based Read More

12th November 2007

Work-rich and Work-poor, by Richard Berthoud

Policy Press, 2007, viii + 55 pp, pbk, 978 1 86134 954 5, £12.95 ‘In 1974, 7% of adults in Britain between the ages of 20 and 59 were dependent Read More

12th November 2007

The Poverty Trade-off: work incentives and income redistribution in Britain, by Stuart Adam, Mike Brewer and Andrew Shephard

Policy Press, Bristol / Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2006, viii + 55 pp, paperback, 1 86134 863 0, £12.95 It would be difficult to better the first three paragraphs of Read More

12th July 2007

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, by Gar Alperovitz

John Wiley and Sons, New Jersey, 2004, pp. xv + 320, $ 24.95, 0 471 66730 7 Economic, social and political crises are now part of everyday life. America Beyond Read More