Creeping conditionality in the UK: from welfare rights to conditional entitlements

Dwyer, P., 2004. Creeping conditionality in the UK: from welfare rights to conditional entitlements. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 29 (2), pp. 265-287. ISSN 0318-6431

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A widely recognised central tenet of New Labour’s ‘Third Way’ is no rights without responsibilities. The extent to which this idea underpins the British government’s approach to welfare reform has been extensively commented upon. Initially, the article places the UK reforms in the context of wider theoretical debates about welfare reform in Western states. It then highlights the ways in which a principle of conditionality is being practically applied in a wide range of sectors in the UK including; social security, housing, education, and health. The details and impact of recent relevant legislation and initiatives are discussed. It is argued that as policies based on conditional entitlement become central to the ongoing process of welfare reform the very idea of ‘welfare rights’ is systematically undermined.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Pre-print
Publication Title: Canadian Journal of Sociology
Creators: Dwyer, P.
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Place of Publication: Toronto
Date: 2004
Volume: 29
Number: 2
ISSN: 0318-6431
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:10

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