Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 July 2014

192 Pages | Tables, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719096334

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The end of the experiment?

From competition to the foundational economy

edited by Andrew Bowman, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Law John, and Adam Leaver

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Essential because it explains how the British live in an unlearning state when central government has since 1979 repeated the same old economic experiment about competition and markets despite perverse results
  • Different because sector case studies (telecoms, supermarkets and dairy, retail banking) show how perverse results are driven by private sector business models of point value regardless of broader chain consequences
  • Better because it refocuses economic policy on the foundational economy of sheltered activities with mundane outputs (pipe and cable utilities, transport, retail and food processing, health, education and welfare)
  • New because it argues that foundational firms and sectors should be socially licensed in a new experiment of requiring social return in the form of sourcing, training or payment of living wages

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