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Choice and Public Policy: The Limits to Welfare Markets
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Choice and Public Policy: The Limits to Welfare Markets (Hardback)

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Public policies increasingly emphasize active consumerism, entrepreneurship on the part of service providers and professionals, privatization, and an expanded role for markets. This text draws on research by economists, psychologists, sociologists and public policy experts. The research demonstrates that the traditional rational choice model of economic behaviour is unsatisfactory in providing accounts of the way people choose in relation to work, saving, spending, investment and social welfare. It also shows that the public policies of active consumerism, public sector entrepreneurship, and privatization based on this approach may be flawed.

BusinessEconomicsEconomic theory & philosophyBusinessFinance & accountingFinancePublic financePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social services Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 01/03/1998 ISBN-13: 9780333678206  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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PETER TAYLOR-GOOBY is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent and director of ESRC's research programme on Economic Beliefs and Behaviour. He has lectured at a number of universities, including Armidale, Barcelona, Bielefeld, Brisbane, Canberra, Durban, Harvard, Madrid, Manchester, New South Wales, Rene Descartes, Salamanca, Umea and Utrecht. His main recent publications are European Welfare Policy: Squaring the Welfare Circle, Markets and Managers, Dependency Culture and Social Change, Social Welfare and Social Science, and numerous articles. He has directed research projects for the ESRC, the Nuffield, Charities Aid and Anglo-German Foundations, the Monument Trust, the EU and other bodies on topics ranging from the choices involved in private dentistry to factors affecting the take-up of rent benefits in South Yorkshire and from the future of welfare in EU member states to public attitudes to tax and government spending.

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