British Society and Social Welfare: Towards a Sustainable by Vic George, Paul Wilding

By Vic George, Paul Wilding

This publication offers an research of the sustainability of contemporary British society. Its middle chapters discover 5 significant elements of latest Britain the place advancements appear to threaten society's sustainability--work, the relations, the surroundings, social department, and legislations and order. It appears to be like on the present state of affairs in every one region, examines fresh alterations and executive responses, and explores why alterations have occurred; the authors then significantly evaluation traditional and radical coverage proposals for resolving the problems.

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Unsocial hours ofwork Side by side with this rise in part-time work, there has been an increase, albeit on a much smaller scale, in the number of people working unsocial hours nights, weekends, away from home, shift work and even hours of work decided at will by employers. Gender is an important variable in all these patterns of work. As a recent study concluded: 'Men are more likely to be involved in shift work and unsocial working-time patterns than women, but men appear to have more autonomy in the choice of working-times' (Fagan, 1996, p.

An overriding commitment to economic growth can be destructive of social stability if it ignores the social costs that it can impose. A preoccupation with social development without regard to the health of the economy can be equally threatening to sustainability. Economic development is vital to preserve the competitiveness on which future employment depends and to generate the resources required for the achievement of social purposes. The appropriate balance will obviously vary from society to society and from time to time.

37). Globalization and Unemployment Recent changes in technology, information technology, transportation systems and international legislation concerning trade and investment have greatly enhanced the power of large firms, particularly transnational companies (TNCs). These can move finance, trade and investment across countries very quickly with or without the consent of national governments. It is a political as well as an economic process as TNCs can greatly influence, some would say dictate, government economic and social policies (Cable, 1995; Strange, 1995).

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