Challenging Choices: Ideology, Consumerism and Policy by Michael Clarke

By Michael Clarke

Selection pervades our society, and for strong cause. we are living in a society based on political rights to decide on and in an economic system in accordance with industry offerings, yet we now have reached an contrary severe during which selection is prolonged virtually far and wide. selection has turn into an ideology: extra is normally noticeable as priceless, and infrequently as an answer to coverage concerns. This energetic and topical e-book offers a critique of selection in modern society and coverage, arguing that we will be able to have an excessive amount of of an exceptional factor. A serious loss of selection frustrates and downsides us, and having offerings empowers us, yet consistent extension of selection overwhelms us. And there are options. partially one, the writer indicates how selection works at a private point, its calls for, and the way it might fail to paintings on the own and coverage degrees. by means of reading key coverage matters reminiscent of healthcare, schooling and pensions, he then explores the choices to selection, resembling provision. partially the ebook studies the influence of selection on us throughout the lifestyles cycle, settling on the tough offerings which are now required in appreciate of jobs and careers, relationships and fertility, retirement and dying. From the trivial to the momentous, offerings now dominate our lives to an volume that has dramatically elevated very quickly. In a concise and readable sort, the writer considers no matter if this complements or burdens our lives, and questions the blithe assumption that extra selection is often for the higher.

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All of this might be argued by its defenders to be a necessary feature of the new economic order, to be made good by the success of the economy as a whole, and hence its capacity to create new employment to replace the old. Although it should be said that the transition between the two may well be a lot smoother for the economists and politicians who proclaim its virtues than for those actually experiencing it. The third weakness of the new industrial capitalism, however, offered no such even theoretically easy transition.

Markets may become saturated with goods. This happened with the cotton industry, one of the bases of industrialisation in the first half of the nineteenth century in Britain. People were glad to be able to buy cotton goods of improving quality at lower prices. An initial virtuous cycle took place. As prices fell more people could afford more cotton goods, which sustained profits and investment, and so 44 choice and the consumer society supplies increased and prices fell further, all of this at the same time providing employment and stimulating competition to develop ever more efficient and innovative production machinery.

All of this might be argued by its defenders to be a necessary feature of the new economic order, to be made good by the success of the economy as a whole, and hence its capacity to create new employment to replace the old. Although it should be said that the transition between the two may well be a lot smoother for the economists and politicians who proclaim its virtues than for those actually experiencing it. The third weakness of the new industrial capitalism, however, offered no such even theoretically easy transition.

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