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Global Capital, Human Needs and Social Policies

Selected essays, 1994–99


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. Capitalism and Welfare

  4. Comparative Social Policies and Welfare Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Ian Gough
      Pages 131-152
  5. Social Policy, the Economy and Alternative Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Ian Gough
      Pages 177-202
    3. Ian Gough
      Pages 203-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 218-241

About this book


Can the needs of capital ever be reconciled with the needs of people? To what extent can social policies bridge the gap between social rights and human welfare, and economic competitiveness in a global world? Building on his previous writings on political economy and human need, Ian Gough throws new light on these perennial questions in a series of penetrating and original essays. The conclusion is upbeat: social policy still has the potential to narrow (though never close) the gap between the drive of capital and the universal needs of people.


capital economy Institution Policy political economy social policy transition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BathUK

About the authors

Ian Gough is Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath.

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