Public policy for the 21st century is a collection of essays in memory of Henry Neuburger, an economist whose career spanned half a dozen government departments, and who was for much of the 1980s an adviser to the leadership of the Labour Party. His original contributions to economic policy analysis across the field of public policy are the starting point of the essays, whose contributors between them cover the same broad span of economic policy. The essays look forward to the new century and together form an introduction to key issues in contemporary policy making.
Policy issues covered include macroeconomic policy, the impact of the National Minimum Wage, the distributional effect of tax and benefit policies since the 1997 change of government, the debates around an 'urban renaissance', and the impact of European integration on policy making. Contributors also examine and explain debates around different approaches to economic analysis, and show how analysis can be carried beyond the conventional confines of the money economy and of the household as a 'black box'. The book concludes with a discussion of Henry Neuburger's career, looking in particular at the role of economic advisers within policy making.
This is a timely book on economic policy making and commitment to making that policy work. It is important reading for students and academics concerned with public, economic and social policy, and government economists.
John Hills is Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy and Co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. He has written extensively on inequality, public policy and the welfare state. He was a member of the Pensions Commission and Chair of the National Equality Panel for the Labour government and led a review of the measurement of fuel poverty for the Coalition government. He was knighted in 2013 for services to the development of social policy.
Contents: Introduction: for the purposes of the future Neil Fraser and John Hills; Part One: The tools for analysing policy: The decline of macroeconomic modelling Simon Wren-Lewis; National accounts for policy analysis Anne Harrison; Economic policy analysis Neil Fraser; The price of parenthood and the value of children Heather Joshi and Hugh Davies; Well being or wel fare? Meghnad Desai; Part Two: The economy as a whole: Four decades of changing macroeconomic policy Christopher Allsopp; Taxation for the enabling state John Hills; European integration and its implications for policy making in the 21st century Iain Begg; Part Three: Sectoral issues: Unions, the national minimum wage and the distribution of pay David Metcalf; Economic appraisal in transport Chris Nash and Peter Mackie; Housing and urban renaissance Jenny Neuburger; The main priority in priority setting in healthcare Gavin Mooney; Part Four: Henry Neuburger's contribution: Making economic policy in the Labour Party: bringing economists back in Mark Wickham-Jones; Henry Neuburger: a personal appreciation Andrew Burchardt.