Border Disputes

Time banking has made a more visible appearance in policy documents since 2010, yet its development and application has been built around two contradictory sets of values. On the one hand it offers a means by which self-help, within a neo-liberal agenda, can be fostered as part of the scaling back of the welfare state. On the other it offers the hope of salvation, for society beleaguered by global neo-liberal forces, by putting into practice non-capitalist values. This paper explores this tension through an examination of key claims by either side of the argument and seeks to offer some clarity as to exactly what time banking values.

Copy of the presentation slides TSRC 19th Feb 2014

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2 thoughts on “Border Disputes

  1. I agree this is a key issue – exacerbated by the fact that people don’t trust politicians, particularly when we are facing massive cuts to budgets. So the first response is often cynicism, and doubtless it’s sometimes an appropriate response. Nonetheless, our Health Minister (in Wales I hasten to add!) and our CMO have explicitly called for co-production to be utilised as a way of permanently shifting power from state to citizen, not as a substitute for professionals and state-funded care for those who need it. Maybe I’m just spending time with the good guys but I do get the sense that the radicalism of co-production is understood and supported by increasing numbers in our government and, perhaps more slowly, within statutory services in Wales. Hope springs eternal!

  2. Hi Ruth, sorry I have only just seen this comment and got around to approving it on the blog. I agree with your points – how could I when I have known the Welsh Health Minister (at the time of writing) for eleven years now and he was also the PhD supervisor. Hopefully he (if no one else) was convinced by my research and has taken this knowledge into government with him. And speaking to him in January (maybe December) about some of the things he is trying to do I think there is more promise in Wales than in England. But I think that the point I am trying to articulate is two-fold. First that not everyone in favour of co-production see it as you (and I) do as something transformative, its an addition to existing provision and as such is limited to a tokenistic effort to reform services. Second, that those supporting the transformative agenda need to campaign and promote it to the fullest extent. This is a discussion we had briefly at the Cardiff Uni co-production event quite some time ago, and I am sure we will have it again at the Bristol Uni co-production conference in May.

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