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The price of inequality / Joseph E. Stiglitz.

by Stiglitz, Joseph E.

Edition: Paperback ed.Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2013, C2012Description: lxiv, 523 p. ; 25 cm.Other title: Price of inequality : how today's divided society endangers our future with a new preface.Summary: Examines how the wealthy classes have contributed to growing inequality in society and explains how the quest to increase wealth has hindered the country's economic growth as well as its efforts to solve its most pressing economic problems.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
The Shame Game : overturning the toxic poverty narrative

by O'Hara, Mary.

Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2020Description: xviii, 366 p.Summary: What does it mean to be poor in Britain and America? For decades the primary narrative about poverty in both countries is that it has been caused by personal flaws or `bad life decisions' rather than policy choices or economic inequality. This misleading account has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen, spoken about and treated. Drawing on a two-year multi-platform initiative, this book by award-winning journalist and author Mary O'Hara, asks how we can overturn this fundamentally pernicious portrayal once and for all. Crucially, she turns to the real experts to try to find answers - the people who live it.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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The time of money / Lisa Adkins.

by Adkins, Lisa.

Publisher: Stanford, California Stanford University Press, 2018Description: viii, 228 p.Summary: Speculation is often associated with financial practices, but The Time of Money makes the case that it not be restricted to the financial sphere. It argues that the expansion of finance has created a distinctive social world, one that demands a speculative stance toward life in general. Replacing a logic of extraction, speculation changes our relationship to time and organizes our social worlds to maximize the productive capacities of populations around flows of money for finance capital. Speculative practices have become a matter of survival, and defining features of our age are hardwired to their operations—stagnant wages, indebtedness, the centrality of women's earnings to the household, workfarism, and more. Examining five features of our contemporary economy, Lisa Adkins reveals the operations of this speculative rationality. Moving beyond claims that indebtedness is intrinsic to contemporary life and vague declarations that the social world has become financialized, Adkins delivers a precise examination of the relation between finance and society, one that is rich in empirical and analytical detail.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
The value of everything : makers and takers in the global economy / Mariana Mazzucato.

by Mazzucato, Mariana.

Publisher: [London] : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2018Description: xix, 358 p. ill.Summary: Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? In modern capitalism, value-extraction - the siphoning off of profits, from shareholders' dividends to bankers' bonuses - is rewarded more highly than value-creation- the productive process that drives a healthy economy and society. We misidentify takers as makers, and have lost sight of what value really means. Yet, argues Mariana Mazzucato in this penetrating and passionate new book, if we are to reform capitalism we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Who is creating it, who is extracting it, and who is destroying it? These questions are key if we want to replace the current parasitic system with a capitalism that works for us all. The Value of Everything will reignite a long-needed debate about the kind of world we really want to live in.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Welfare conditionality / Beth Watts and Suzanne Fitzpatrick.

by Watts, Beth [author.] | Fitzpatrick, Suzanne, 1969- [author.].

Edition: 1st Edition.Publisher: New York Routledge, 2018Description: 200 p. incl.: bibiliography ; index.Summary: Welfare conditionality has become an idea of global significance in recent years. A ‘hot topic’ in North America, Australia, and across Europe, it has been linked to austerity politics, and the rise of foodbanks and destitution. In the Global South, where publicly funded welfare protection systems are often absent, conditional approaches have become a key tool employed by organisations pursuing human development goals. The essence of welfare conditionality lies in requirements for people to behave in prescribed ways in order to access cash benefits or other welfare support. These conditions are typically enforced through benefit ‘sanctions’ of various kinds, reflecting a new vision of ‘welfare’, focused more on promoting ‘pro-social’ behaviour than on protecting people against classic ‘social risks’ like unemployment. This new book in Routledge’s Key Ideas series charts the rise of behavioural conditionality in welfare systems across the globe, its appeal to politicians of Right and Left, and its application to a growing range of social problems. Crucially it explores why, in the context of widespread use of conditional approaches as well as apparently strong public support, both the efficacy and the ethics of welfare conditionality remain so controversial. As such, Welfare Conditionality is essential reading for students, researchers, and commentators in social and public policy, as well as those designing and implementing welfare policies. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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