Making ends meet, in the household and on the planet

Dake, K. & Thompson, M. (1999). Making ends meet, in the household and on the planet. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 12 (3) 427-436. 10.1080/13511610.1999.9968614.

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Policy-making in relation to sustainable development is usually at the national (or, in relation to climate change, the global) level, yet the consumption it seeks to modify takes place at the household level. If households all 'made ends meet' in the same way then the much-relied-upon notion of per capita consumption would be valid and we could use 'top-down' modelling to guide policy. Cultural Theory, however, predicts that there are five socially viable ways of making ends meet, and that all of them will be found (in varying proportions) within any nation. This prediction has been tested on a sample of 220 British households and shown to be well supported. Top-down modelling, it is argued, has to give way to constructive interplay between the reflexive policy-maker and a plurally responsive citizenry.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Risk, Modeling, Policy (RMP)
Bibliographic Reference: Innovation; 12(3):427-436 [1999]
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:10
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 08:28

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