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Posted in : - Book reviews -, Agriculture and Food Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

Foresight: the future of food and farming: Final project report, by Government Office for Science, London, 2011, 208 pp. This report provides evidence that the world agricultural and food production and distribution system is dysfunctional, in terms of both its failure to provide and distribute the food necessary for keeping the world’s population healthy, and of minimizing..

Posted in : - Book reviews -, Economic evolution on by : petersen Comments: 1

Tim Jackson, Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet: London and Washington DC., Earthscan, 2011, xii + 276 pages. (Summary of book review*) Economic growth is still important for the world’s poorest nations, but Jackson questions whether it makes sense “for the richer nations, where subsistence needs are largely met and further proliferation of..

Posted in : - Blog -, Healthcare on by : petersen Comments: 1

“ISTCs (Independent Sector Treatment Centres) matter not because they are a breach of the non-commercial principle but because they are one modest brick in the wall of commercialism which is currently transforming the National Health Service .” (Ruane, S., 2008, page 4) British Labour Governments after 1997 were committed to “the reintroduction of the profit..

Posted in : - Blog -, Academics and Policy, Vocational Training Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

 Abstract  This paper outlines how a group of researchers came together to prepare policy  proposals designed to improve 16 to 19 work-based education and training. Many researchers have studied individual aspects of the vocational education and training system. But there is no established mechanism for drawing out  policy implications and bringing them to the attention..

Posted in : - Blog -, Britain's Economic Policy, Wages and Salaries on by : petersen Comments: 0

The new Lloyds Bank boss is to get an annual package of £13m, with a £4m ‘golden hello’, (The Guardian 31st  March  2011). In his interview with Charles Moore reported in the Daily Telegraph earlier the same month  (5th March ) , Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, pointed out  that  manufacturing..

Posted in : - Blog -, Wages and Salaries on by : petersen Comments: 0

Conventional economic theory claims that the pay that people receive is mainly related to their productivity – people are paid what they are worth. The theory has been disproved many times by the collection and deployment of empirical evidence – such as that compiled by Guy Routh.. Yet this theory remains dominant in discourse amongst the population in general and amongst politicians. The most blatant example is the recent case of the bankers who nearly succeeded in disrupting the capitalist world’s financial system. It is widely believed that these same bankers are still worth the enormous pay and bonuses they award themselves. Governments whose members are reasonably sane – if often inept – are scared to limit or tax heavily the pay and bonuses which senior bankers pay themselves for fear that these bankers would emigrate and deprive their countries of the very valuable services which they provide. Few people seem to recognise that the principal reason why senior bankers are paid huge salaries and bonuses is because they are greedy people who control enormous funds.

Posted in : - Blog -, Agriculture and Food Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

Local small scale production and distribution of food can best meet the needs of producers for food security, and of consumers for wholesome healthy tasty food worldwide. Billions of people worldwide- perhaps the majority of the world’s population – would gain satisfaction from meeting at least some of their own food needs by producing their..

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Policy research and Government: “speaking truth to power?” Notes for Seminar on 20 October 1995 at SPRU, University of Sussex.      Peter Senker I make no apologies for concentrating on Britain in this talk, insofar as I believe that Britain has led the way in terms of the phenomena which I propose to discuss, and has..

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National Vocational Qualifications in England and Wales Video Seminar, 15 May 2003. International Labour Office Training Centre Professor Peter Senker 1. Preamble It seems likely that some countries are seeking a “packaged solution” for the design of their Vocational Education and Training policies. Should they adopt something like the British NVQ system to meet this..

Posted in : - Blog -, UK Social Care Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

1. INTRODUCTION In March 2012, the National Pensioners Convention called for a tax-funded National Care Service.  More than 60 years ago, the Labour Government initiated  a tax-funded National Health Service (NHS) which is now widely recognised as a major national achievement. When the NHS started Britain was a much poorer country than  it is now. But..