Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas break 2011

We’re taking a break from the blog for a couple of weeks over Christmas after our first full-year’s blogging, but we’ll be back from Tuesday 3rd January 2012. Have a good break until then! Ben and Brendan

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A new agenda focused on health and community development

The health promotion field should start paying attention to community development, and vice versa. In the November issue of Health Affairs several authors (including my friend and mentor David Erickson) make the argument for better collaboration between practitioners, advocates, and … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Conditionality and the deservingness of benefit claimants

In this, the final of three posts responding to John Humphrys’ Future State of Welfare, I consider whether the benefits system should be conditional on taking crap jobs or making people take steps back towards the labour market.  It’s relatively easy to sit … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Straight Talk on Economic Mobility

Americans may be skeptical of some large welfare state programs, but a widely shared conviction is that children that are born to poor parents should have the chance to move upward. That’s why it was good to hear President Obama … Continue reading

Posted in Blog posts | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Two visual thoughts

An interruption from my series of posts on the deservingness of benefit claimants, to share two charts that caught my eye over the past two weeks (and because of a time shortage this week…), looking at global inequality and unions … Continue reading

Posted in Blog posts | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Health Behaviors Do Not Explain the Growing Education-Mortality Gradient

The gap in premature mortality between high and low educated people in the United States has grown considerably over the last few decades, even as life expectancy has increased overall. A common explanation is the changing distribution of risk factors: … Continue reading

Posted in Blog posts | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments