Introduction: Rethinking welfare-to-work for the long-term unemployed
AuthorMcGann, M; Danneris, S; O’Sullivan, S
Source TitleSocial Policy and Society
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
University of Melbourne Author/sMcGann, Michael
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMcGann, M., Danneris, S. & O’Sullivan, S. (2019). Introduction: Rethinking welfare-to-work for the long-term unemployed. Social Policy and Society, 18 (4), pp.577-582. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746419000265.
Access StatusOpen Access
Welfare reforms across OECD countries have seen social citizenship rights contractualisedandincreasinglyrepurposedascommodifying ‘tool[s]ofgovernance’ (Patrick,2017: 293) designed to reconﬁgure people from ‘passive’ beneﬁt recipients into ‘active’ labour market participants. But despite a signiﬁcant expansion in the groups of citizens targeted for ‘activation’, countries have persistently struggled to support the labour market (re)integration of social groups at risk of long-term unemployment: variously referred to in the social policy literature as social security recipients who are ‘vulnerable’ (Andersen et al., 2017), ‘harder-to-help’ (Whitworth and Carter, 2014: 111), or have ‘multiple problems and needs’ (Dean, 2003). This themed section brings together contributions from a network of international scholars researching the frontline of welfare reform to examine the ways in which contemporary activation and employability policies impact, and are experienced by...
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