Social investment perspectives and practices: a decade in British politics<sup>1</sup>

Dobrowolsky Alexandra and Jenson Jane

in Social Policy Review 17

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346704
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303442 | DOI:
Social investment perspectives and practices: a decade in British politics1

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This chapter discusses the interpretation of New Labour of the social investment paradigm, whereby state expenditure is justified in terms of the future returns on invested resources. It talks about the social investment perspective of New Labour in four policy areas, namely: promotion of a culture of savings and investment, child poverty, childcare, and education and skills training. The discussion also points to the areas of contradiction within this perspective in the policies of New Labour.

Keywords: social investment paradigm; state expenditure; invested resources; social investment perspective; child poverty; childcare; areas of contradiction

Chapter.  10808 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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