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The real reasons why the Coalition is cutting the welfare state so hard - Wolfson Research Institute and School of Applied Social Sciences Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby

15th June 2012, 12:30 to 14:45, Calman Learning Centre

The Wolfson Research Insitute and the School of Applied Social Sciences are delighted to welcome Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent to deliver an exciting guest lecture.  Registration is essential. To register for this event please click this link.


Coalition public policy is directed at reducing the budget deficit, perhaps to zero by 2017. Unprecedented cutbacks are accompanied by major restructuring of most areas of public policy. Such a programme involves major economic, political and social risks. Why would a government, particularly a Coalition, pursue such a path?

This paper seeks to explain why the government acts as it does, and why opposition parties find it so hard to develop an adequate counter-programme.


Peter Taylor-Gooby, FBA, FRSA, AcSS, is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent, Chair of the British Academy programmes on New Paradigms in Public Policy  and on Nudge and Public Policy and of the HEFCE REF Social Work and Social Policy Panel. He directed the ESRC Social Contexts and Responses to Risk and Economic Beliefs and Behaviour and the EU Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change and Subsidiarity and Convergence programmes and the HEFCE Social Work and Social Policy RAE Panel. He has contributed to a number of Downing Street and Treasury roundtables. He co-directs the Risk Research Centre at Beijing Normal University.  Recent books include: Reframing Social   Citizenship, Risk in Social Science, (with Jens Zinn), Ideas and the Welfare State and New Risks, New Welfare. He is currently researching social cohesion, supported by a Leverhulme Fellowship.


12:30 - Tea/coffee refreshments available-Derman Christopherson Suite

13:15 - Welcome by Professor Clare Bambra-Ken Wade Suite

13:20 - Guest lecture by Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby-Ken Wade Suite

14:15 - Questions and Answers

14:45 - Close


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