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The Welfare Trait

How State Benefits Affect Personality

Authors: Perkins, Adam

  • Reviews decades of solid academic research to advance a new theory of personality development and its relation to claiming state benefits
  • The book reviews research from the US, UK and elsewhere in the world
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About this book

The welfare state has a problem: each generation living under its protection has lower work motivation than the previous one. In order to fix this problem we need to understand its causes, lest the welfare state ends up undermining its own economic and social foundations. In The Welfare Trait, award-winning personality researcher Dr Adam Perkins argues that welfare-induced personality mis-development is a significant part of the problem. In support of his theory, Dr Perkins presents data showing that the welfare state can boost the number of children born into disadvantaged households, and that childhood disadvantage promotes the development of an employment-resistant personality profile, characterised by aggressive, antisocial and rule-breaking tendencies. The book concludes by recommending that policy should be altered so that the welfare state no longer increases the number of children born into disadvantaged households. It suggests that, without this change, the welfare state will erode the nation's work ethic by increasing the proportion of individuals in the population who possess an employment-resistant personality profile, due to exposure to the environmental influence of disadvantage in childhood.

About the authors

Adam Perkins is Lecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality at the Institute of psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, UK. He brings to this book a wealth of scientific knowledge about personality, gained during more than 15 years researching the topic. Before he became established as a scientist, Adam spent years working as an unskilled labourer and has also claimed welfare when unemployed. 

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“A courageous and carefully researched book teeming with novel insights and highly original sweeping syntheses. It deserves to be an integral part of the political debate on welfare, as we struggle to construct sustainable structures that can survive the demographic demands of the 21st century. It is also a model of clear writing that is easily accessible to the layman and the policymaker alike. I recommend it to readers in the confident expectation that they will think likewise.” (Andrew Sabisky, Adam Smith Blog, adamsmith.org, January, 2016)

“The central thesis of the book is that the benefits of a generous welfare state erode work ethics, and that the longer people live under welfarism, the more they depend on those benefits, and the more likely they are to cheat to obtain them. … This book deserves to be read. … it is worth buying and sending to your elected representative, with the key findings underlined.” (James Thompson, Psychological Comments, drjamesthomson.blogspot.co.uk, January, 2016)

'The Welfare Trait is electrifying energising and shocking. Dr Perkins, an expert in the neurobiology of personality, argues that a generous welfare state can proliferate employment-resistant personality characteristics. The scientific discharge of this new theory is sure to spark high voltage debate be prepared for a jolt!' Philip Corr, Professor of Psychology, City University, London, UK   


   

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • What Is Personality and Why Does the Welfare State Matter?

    Perkins, Adam

    Pages 1-17

  • The Employment-Resistant Personality Profile

    Perkins, Adam

    Pages 18-39

  • The Lifelong Impact of Personality

    Perkins, Adam

    Pages 40-53

  • The Influence of Benefits on Claimant Reproduction

    Perkins, Adam

    Pages 54-78

  • Childhood Disadvantage and Employment-Resistance

    Perkins, Adam

    Pages 79-96

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55529-8
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Hardcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55527-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55528-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Welfare Trait
Book Subtitle
How State Benefits Affect Personality
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55529-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137555298
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55527-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-55528-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 201
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