The rise and fall of the ‘nudge’ of minimum unit pricing: The continuity of neoliberalism in alcohol policy in England.

Haydock, W., 2014. The rise and fall of the ‘nudge’ of minimum unit pricing: The continuity of neoliberalism in alcohol policy in England. Critical Social Policy, 34 (2), pp. 260-279.

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DOI: 10.1177/0261018313514804

Abstract

This article explores the continuities in alcohol policy over the past decade under both Labour and Coalition governments. It is argued that these continuities reflect a neoliberal mentality of government whereby market mechanisms are maintained even when the outcomes produced are deemed undesirable. Policies to address these outcomes have focused on the individual citizen, conceived of as a potentially rational decision-maker. If exhortations to behave in the desired fashion do not reap results then measures are targeted at specific individuals or groups of individuals considered flawed consumers. The continuity is examined in light of recent commentary that has identified a trend in policymaking reflecting a loss of confidence in individual rationality and market outcomes, described variously as post-liberalism or neocommunitarianism. It is suggested that the stability of the broader underlying structures of thought that circumscribe contemporary policy discussions should not be underestimated.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-0183
Uncontrolled Keywords:communitarianism ; liberalism ; neocommunitarianism ; rationality
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:21549
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:05 Nov 2014 14:36
Last Modified:05 Nov 2014 14:36

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