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Choice and Public Policy

The Limits to Welfare Markets

  • Peter Taylor-Gooby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Peter Taylor-Gooby
    Pages 1-23
  3. Gillian Parker, Harriet Clarke
    Pages 24-41
  4. Christine Ennew, Teresa Feighan, David Whynes
    Pages 42-61
  5. Tariq Modood, Hilary Metcalf, Satnam Virdee
    Pages 62-78
  6. Lindsay Brook, Ian Preston, John Hall
    Pages 79-101
  7. Moira Munro, Ruth Madigan, Clodagh Memery
    Pages 102-122
  8. Helga Dittmar, Jane Beattie
    Pages 123-144
  9. Julie Dickinson, Lucia Sell-Trujillo
    Pages 145-163
  10. Alan Lewis, Paul Webley, Adrian Winnett, Craig Mackenzie
    Pages 164-182
  11. Hartley Dean
    Pages 183-200
  12. Peter Taylor-Gooby
    Pages 201-222
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 223-258

About this book


Public policies increasingly emphasize active consumerism, entrepreneurship on the part of service providers and professionals, privatisation and an expanded role for markets. Choice and Public Policy 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 privatisation based on this approach are seriously flawed.


rational choice service welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Taylor-Gooby
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyEngland

About the editors

Peter Taylor-Gooby is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK. He chairs the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programme and the HEFCE Social Work and Social Policy Panel. His recent publications include New Paradigms in Public Policy, Reframing Social Citizenship, Risk in Social Science (with Jens Zinn), Ideas and the Welfare State, and New Risks, New Welfare.

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