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The obsession with ‘hard work’ as a route to economic success is a dangerous distraction

Spencer, David (2013) The obsession with ‘hard work’ as a route to economic success is a dangerous distraction. British Politics and Policy at LSE (07 Oct 2013). Website.

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Abstract

The omnipresent slogan at the Conservative party conference, ‘for hardworking people’, reflects the belief that hard work is the proper way of living one’s life and the route to economic success. The rhetoric of George Osborne and his colleagues around hardworking people is not new but it remains regressive in its effects, not least in ignoring the real hardships faced by those who work hard for a living. David Spencer argues that there are other areas of life that matter to our well-being and allowing work to dominate us can only lead to harm.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 08:42
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 23:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/76275

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