What kind of welfare system is needed for the twenty-first century? When economic growth is incompatible with decarbonisation and the aim is sustainable social justice, the best hope is to grow the 'core' economy, making more and better use of human resources, to supplement increasingly scarce public funds. More co-production of services could help make the welfare system more sustainable and improve outcomes. In this respect, the politics of the New Economics Foundation shares ground with New Labour and the Cameron Tories. But New Economics diverges sharply when it comes to social justice and the economy, community and equality, imbalances of power, and the role of the state.
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