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Rent-seeking as social policy: A UK case study

Johns, Nicholas, Barton, A. and Hyde, M. 2013. Rent-seeking as social policy: A UK case study. Journal of Social Research and Policy 4 (1) , pp. 21-31.

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Rent-seeking has been an important concept in economics since the 1950s but has not been sufficiently mined in the field of social policy. This paper aims to address this by employing a UK case study to illustrate the relevance of rent-seeking in this context. In doing so it attempts to set out a means of identifying where rents are sought, by whom and the levers they use to extract them. In the UK rent-seeking and welfare is often implicitly linked to ‘welfare scrounging’. Here we show that this is not necessarily the case and that rent-seeking has much greater explanatory power in relation to social policy processes and transfers. By also introducing a contextual dimension we demonstrate that market and bureaucratic forms of rent-seeking can operate simultaneously. More work remains to be done to fully articulate these processes, however this constitutes one starting point for this work to develop.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Policy; Justice; Market Rent-Seeking; Political Rent-Seeking; Bureaucratic Rent-Seeking; UK Policing
Publisher: Department of Sociology and Social Work of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Oradea
ISSN: 2067-2640
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:23

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