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Choosing

Tony Fitzpatrick

in Applied ethics and social problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348609
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301479 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348609.003.0008
Choosing

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It has been proposed that the marketisation of society and social risks is important because, by engendering economic and cultural fragmentation, contemporary social policies are characterised less by interventions intended to reduce structural inequalities and more by a pre-emptive management of agency, the latter being a kind of ‘situational engineering’ through which the environmental possibilities of action are manipulated. This chapter discusses questions of choice and market provision by outlining a version of paternalism called ‘environmental paternalism’. In addition, it argues that choice does not necessarily translate into ‘market choice’; that it can imply forms of negotiation and information dissemination that avoids the corroding producer-consumer dichotomies of recent public sector reforms.

Keywords: social risks; social policies; situational engineering; environmental paternalism; market choice

Chapter.  9021 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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