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Demand, Supply and Welfare Aspects of Pipe-borne Water in Sri Lanka

Water institutions establish the incentives, information, and compulsions that guide behaviour and influence economic outcomes. Water pricing policies that reflect the marginal cost of supply can bring about several positive benefits in the pipe-borne water sector including: 1) greater water use efficiency; 2) an increase in revenu...

From Individual Wellbeing to Regional Priorities

The understanding of subjective perceptions of wellbeing, that is, the perceived needs and current levels of satisfactions of people, could provide valuable information for policy and decision makers. It would allow for the mapping of the envisaged impacts of policy against things that people value and care about, thus providing in...

Development, Environment and Sustainable Livelihood

This book is the outcome of an international conference held in the Department of Economics, Burdwan University, in 2013. The major part of the conference had been related to development, environment and livelihood issues which are also in some way linked to the theme of the ongoing DRS project in the Department, pertaining to issu...

Social Inequality and Leading Principles in Welfare States

Since the 1990s, and increasingly so, European welfare states have been undergoing fundamental change. The analysis presented in this book shows that these changes may be interpreted as a paradigmatic shift of European societies, since fundamental concepts, principles and societal effects of welfare institutions have been redefined...

Social Sector in India

As education and health are two major areas of concern in the context of social sector development and human development achievements, this book explores their situation in India. The liberalisation of the Indian economy had a major impact on the growth rate of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with the economic growth of the count...

Multidimensional Poverty among Social Groups in Kerala

This book narrates the living conditions and incidence of poverty among households belonging to the different social groups in Kerala, India. Using a micro-level study, it investigates the inter-group variations with regards to the incidence of multidimensional poverty in the sample area, the Kasaragod District, Kerala. The Regiona...

Health Economics in Dentistry, Second Edition

This book serves as an introduction to the economics of dentistry. It provides an introduction to the basic laws of economics, along with their application in the oral health care sector.It presents dental professionals and students with the elements of economic theory and thinking as applied to their own field, and will be of valu...

The Welfare System and the Social Lifeworld

The key questions addressed in this book relate to how we should understand social welfare today. Is it a mechanism for promoting the virtues of altruism and other-regarding social values through the design of compassionate social policies which seek to enhance the quality of social relationships between citizens, or, is it a self-reproducing sub-system of law and politics which operates in accordance with its own internal logic, independently of the human agents who try to steer it towards benign social outcomes? This book questions whether the language of the enlightenment is the most appropriate to describe a socio-political project that is struggling to keep pace with the rapidly changing economic and political conditions which now exist in a neo-liberal global world.The main sociological theorists guiding the analysis here are Niklas Luhmann, Jürgen Habermas and Norbert Elias, among others. The key themes analysed in the book are street-level bureaucracy and the interface between the welfare system and the citizen; sensemaking in welfare organisations and in society; the relationship between lay morality and the policy making process; the link between the third sector and philanthrocapitalism; and the emotional dimension of social policy, especially in relation to social work practice. It will appeal to social science students of social and political theory, as well as those seeking an understanding of the changing context of contemporary issues in social policy.