Theme: Political Economy | Content Type: Journal article

The Crisis of Everyday Liveability, Policy and Politics

Luca Calafati, Julie Froud, Colin Haslam, Sukhdev Johal and Karel Williams

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This article develops a distinctive foundational analysis of what is loosely termed the ‘everyday economy’. The ‘cost of living crisis’ is analysed as an acute crisis of household liveability which overlays a decade-long chronic crisis. This is caused by the crumbling of all three pillars of liveability: disposable and residual income, essential services and social infrastructure. Mainstream economists and politicians fail to understand or respond to these chronic problems because they continue to assert and assume that higher wages will deliver better living standards. Effective response requires not only a reset of central state policies, but also a rethinking of politics so that government recognises and empowers the diverse and distributed sources of social innovation.

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    Luca Calafati

    Luca Calafati is a social researcher from Milan.

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  • Julie Froud

    Julie Froud

    Julie Froud is Professor at Manchester Business School, and has been a member of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC).

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  • Colin Haslam

    Colin Haslam

    Colin Haslam is Professor of Accounting and Business Strategy and Associate Director of the School of Management at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

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  • Johal

    Sukhdev Johal

    Sukhdev Johal is Chair in Accounting & Strategy at Queen Mary University of London.

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  • Karel Williams

    Karel Williams

    Professor Karel Williams is director of the ESRC funded Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester.

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