Professor Bleddyn Davies

Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, OBE

b.davies@lse.ac.uk
020 7955 6212

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Research Interests

Professor Davies' work focuses on equity, efficiency and the reform of community care. Two main themes have been targeting and service productivities and efficiencies. Another has been the development of care management, the focus on which he introduced to the UK through a set of experiments four books and numerous papers during the 1970s and early1980s.

A fourth has been financing mechanisms and reforms of long-term care in other countries. Another activity has been working with the team developing models for the long-run projection of demand and supply in long-term care. His main work currently is working with José Fernández to finish a book on use of community social services and their targeting, and a book on how differences in local authority priorities, other policies structures and endowments affect utilisation and efficiency.

He was awarded an OBE for his services to social science and social policy, and he is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

He lectured in economics in the University of Wales and in social policy at the LSE before founding the PSSRU in 1974 to study issues of equity and efficiency in community and long-term care by developing and applying a 'production of welfare approach.

Professor Davies has worked and been the author of books focusing on the theory of territorial justice (which he established with three books written in the 1960s), social and economic consequences of gambling, the mitigation of child poverty, and the economics of higher education.

Professor Davies was recently awarded the American Public Health Association Gerontological Health Section's International Lifetime Achievement Award 2007.

Since founding the PSSRU in 1974 to study issues of equity and efficiency in community and long-term care by developing and applying a 'production of welfare approach, Professor Davies' work has increasingly focused on equity, efficiency and the reform of community care. Two main themes have been targeting and service productivities and efficiencies. Equity and Efficiency Policy: Needs, Service Productivities, Efficiencies and their Implications, written with José Fernandez, is a recent example, a sequel to Resources Needs and Outcomes in Community-Based Care, having the same focus and being based on a collection with the same design.

Professor Davies was awarded an OBE for his services to social science and social policy, and he is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Bleddyn Davies' Publications

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Debate: Public spending levels for social care of older people: why we must call in the debt (2007)

Davies B

Policy and Politics 35, 4, 719-726

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Le livre vert de l'Angleterre sur les services sociaux pour les adultes: indépendance, bien-être et choix (2007)

Davies B

Retraite et Société 47, 194-200

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Securing good care for older people: Taking a long-term view (2007)

Davies B

Ageing Horizons 6, 12-27

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Key influences on costs and prices of institutional care (2001)

Netten A, Bebbington A, Davies B, Darton R

Gerontology 47, Supplement 1, 52

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Demand for long-term care for older people in England to 2031 (2001)

Wittenberg R, Pickard L, Comas-Herrera A, Davies B, Darton R

Health Statistics Quarterly , 12, 5-17

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Relying on informal care in the new century? Informal care for elderly people in England to 2031 (2000)

Pickard L, Wittenberg R, Comas-Herrera A, Davies B, Darton R

Ageing and Society 20, 6, 745-772

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Social welfare and economics: Lessons of the reforms of British community care for elderly people (1999)

Davies B

Journal of the Japan Society for Healthcare Administration 36, 1, 87-95

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Equity and efficiency in community care: From muddle to model and model to ? (1997)

Davies B

Policy and Politics 25, 4, 337-359

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Proposals for financing community and long-term care in the UK (1997)

Wittenberg R, Davies B, Pickard L

The Gerontologist 37, 347

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Are post-reform British patterns of utilization of community care services more defensible? (1997)

Davies B

The Gerontologist 37, Special Issue 1, 347

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Has increasing service inputs per client improved equity and efficiency in UK community care? (1997)

Fernández J-L, Davies B

The Gerontologist 37, 345

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How does case management improve efficiency? Effects of case management inputs on the impacts of home care service inputs (1996)

Davies B, Chesterman J

Hong Kong Journal of Gerontology 10, Suppl, 255-259

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Case management, other community care costs, needs and outcomes (1996)

Davies B, Warburton R, Fernández J-L

Hong Kong Journal of Gerontology 10, Suppl, 250-254

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Post-reform community care for elderly people: who gets how much of what service? (1996)

Davies B, Fernández J-L, Warburton R

Care Plan, Care Management Practice Series No. 2 3, 2, 25-30

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Do different case management approaches affect who gets what? Preliminary results from a comparative British study (1995)

Davies B, Milne A, Warburton R

Care Plan, Care Management Practice Series No. 2 2, 2, 26-30

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Case management for elderly people: the Kent Community Care Project (the `KCCP') and its descendants in their international context (1995)

Davies B

Hong Kong Journal of Gerontology 9, 1, 33-43

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Maintaining the pressure in community care reform (1994)

Davies B

Social Policy and Administration 28, 3, 197-205

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Improving equity and efficiency in British community care (1994)

Davies B, Knapp M

Social Policy and Administration 28, 3, 263-285

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La dépendance en Europe: assistance institutionnelle et familiale (1994)

Davies B

Retraite et Société 5, 39-40

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Caring for the frail elderly: an international perspective (1993)

Davies B

Generations 17, 4, 51-54

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