Risk, Trust and Welfare

Risk, Trust and Welfare

Hardback Published on: 23/05/2000
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Citizens of modern societies are richer than any previous generation. They also face a higher level of uncertainty in their daily lives than those who lived during the decades of confident economic growth. Research on the way people perceive and cope with risk is urgently needed. This book presents a theoretical discussion of risk and uncertainty in everyday life, reinforced with new national empirical studies of responses to risk in areas ranging from lone parenthood to medicine, from house purchase to long-term care, from personal finance to the welfare state. It shows that the leading assumption in many areas of public policy - that behaviour is mainly conditioned by a deliberative and rational self-interest - is seriously misleading. The new policies that rely on financial incentives delivered through benefits or subsidies to encourage particular ways of behaving are unlikely to achieve their objectives. They may also undermine the framework of trust that sustains an inclusive social citizenship.

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780333764909
  • Weight: 510g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 20 mm

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