Tag: social policy
Nudge Politics: a sociological analysis
‘nudge politics’ involves governments implementing small social policy measures to help people make the ‘right decisions’. This post considers some of the pros and cons of this type of social policy agenda.
What should we do about childhood obesity?
Some arguments for the government’s recent policy proposals to tackle childhood obesity.
Solutions to the ‘Crisis of Masculinity’
In the final section of Zimbardo and Coulombe’s ‘Man Disconnected’ the authors outline a few suggestions about how to combat the crisis faced by young men around the world. The post summarizes chapters 16-21). Before reading this you might like to read the following posts: Man Disconnected, which summarizes the evidence that young men are…
Russell Brand’s Wedding Present for Harry and Meghan
A Windsor counsellor recently suggested that the homeless of Windsor should be cleared off the streets in time for Harry and Meghan’s wedding. One person (probably among many others) that’s not happy about this is Russell Brand, who pointed out that yet again it’s the marginalised and powerless who are being made to suffer so…
Why is the NHS in Crisis? Yes, it’s neoliberalism – AGAIN!
The Daily Mail and their Tory beneficiaries would have you think that the current crisis within the NHS are caused mainly by a combination of the following variables: Winter Viruses Inefficiency Immigrants Lazy Staff Drunks HOWEVER, this is not the case according to some more in-depth analysis by Ravi Jayaram, an NHS consultant (in The Guardian), who…
Neoliberal Policies harming Children
In 2005 New Labour liberalised the gambling the laws, ending the ban on T.V. advertising, which is in line with neoliberal policies of decreasing state regulation of private companies. 12 years later and we have a situation where endless T.V. adverts glamorise gambling and hook new converts, and where online gambling companies such as 888…
Stephen Hawking Against Neoliberalism!
Stephen Hawking this week accused the Conservative government of damaging the NHS by slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatization, demoralizing staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support. Hawking blamed a raft of policies pursued since 2010 by the coalition and then the Conservatives for enfeebling the NHS and leaving it unable…
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein: A Summary (of Part 1)
The focus of this book is on the causes of climate change, some potential solutions, and the dangers of carrying on with ‘business as usual’. More specifically: Chapter two provides an overview of how globalised neoliberal policies helped to cause climate change (chapter two) Chapters three and four explore how governments have a crucial role to play…
Grenfell Tower – Profits before Safety?
This truly horrific, and avoidable tragedy seems to be a perfect illustration of the downsides of neoliberal policies – deregulation, cutting public services (such as social housing) and outsourcing to private companies are the three cornerstones of neoliberal economic policy – and the conflation of these three things together seem to be directly responsible for…
Using material from item A, analyse two ways in which globalisation may have changed pupils’ experience of education(10)
More competition from abroad and more multiculturalism