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12th November 2008

Handbook on the Economics of Happiness, by Luigino Brunl and Pier Luigi Porta (eds)

Edward Elgar, 2007,xxxvii + 596 pp, hbk, 978 1 84376 826 7, £150 Start with chapter 2. This will introduce you to a wide variety of definitions of happiness: from Read More

12th July 2008

The Failed Welfare Revolution: America’s Struggle over the Guaranteed Income Policy, by Brian Steensland

Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2008, hardback, 069112714X, £13.98 Hard as it is to believe today, there was a brief period when the United States government seemed inevitably bound to adopt Read More

12th February 2008

Classical, Neoclassical and Keynesian Views on Growth and Distribution, by Neri Salvadori and Carlo Panico (eds)

Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2006, xxii+318pp, hardback, 1 84542 309 7, £69.95 The accumulation of capital is the only true engine of economic growth, for it ‘leads to an improvement in Read More

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