Other writing

A selection of other places where my writing has been published.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Sage, D. (2014), Do active labour market policies promote the subjective well-being of the unemployed? Evidence from the UK National Well-Being Programme, Journal of Happiness Studies, forthcoming.

Sage, D. (2013), Are more equal societies the most cohesive?, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33(11/12)

Sage, D. (2013), Activation, health and wellbeing: neglected dimensions?, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33(1/2)

Sage, D. (2012), A challenge to liberalism? The Communitarianism of the Big Society and Blue Labour, Critical Social Policy, 32(3): 365-382

Sage, D. (2012), Fair conditions and fair consequences? Exploring New Labour, welfare contractualism and social attitudes, Social Policy and Society, 11(3): 359-373

The Huffington Post

Labour's plans could destroy the welfare state, not save it, 19 June 2014

The Conversation

There are better ways of helping long-term unemployed than punitive Help-to-Work, 1 May 2014

The happiness agenda makes for miserable policy, 9 January 2014

Society Central

Welfare - who cares?, 25 March 2014

LSE Politics and Policy

Protecting people against the mental health effects of unemployment requires a careful look at the evidence, 5 September 2013

Welfare-to-work: we ask so much of the unemployed yet do so little, compared to other countries, to help them, 1 August 2013

Welfare-to-work interventions should be used for much more than getting people back to work, 11 March 2013

Public Finance

Happy talk: the politics of wellbeing, 2 August 2012

Labour List

Labour's compulsory skills training for the unemployed - would it work?, 20 January 2014

Ed Miliband and predistribution: what does it mean and could it work?, 6 September 2012

Where now for Labour on welfare?, 3 January 2012


Welfare-to-work, in perspective, 25 June 2013

Shifting Grounds

Making welfare work for the young, 28 June 2013

Avoiding Osborne's welfare trap, 21 March 2013

Benefit smart-cards: an idea for reciprocity?19 October 2012

Resilience not reliance: asset-based welfare, 10 July 2012

Can Labour think for itself on policy?, 22 June 2012

Tax reform and the principle of contribution, 24 May 2012

Child poverty in tough times, 18 May 2012

The battle for blue collar Britain, 2 May 2012

Labour must enter the discomfort zone, 26 April 2012

New Labour's dangerous myth, 17 April 2012

Champagne and contracts: 'opening up' public services, 2 April 2012

Welfare should reward contribution, 26 March 2012

Labour should support personal tax statements, 21 March 2012

LSE Review of Books

Homo Economicus: the lost prophet of modern times, 14 July 2014

Left without a future? Social justice in anxious times, 21 October 2013

The socialist way: social democracy in contemporary Britain, 16 September 2013

Revitalizing Marxist theory for today's capitalism, 20 November 2012

American Neoconservatism: the politics and culture of a reactionary idealism, 12 October 2012

The cost of inequality: why economic equality is essential for recovery, 3 August 2012

Why some politicians are more dangerous than others, 26 June 2012

British Social Attitudes 28, 27 April 2012

A transatlantic history of the social science: robber barons, the Third Reich and the invention of empirical social research, 1 April 2012

Personalising public services: understanding the personalisation narrative26 February 2012

The Scottish National Party: transition to power, 15 January 2012

Work, worklessness and the political economy of health, 18 December 2012

The Darwin economy: liberty, competition and the common good, 2 October 2012

'There is no alternative': why Margaret Thatcher matters, 18 September 2012

New Labour and the new world order: Britain's role in the war on terror, 11 September 2012


Attacking the poor, 26 October 2010

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