The Work Connection: The Role of Social Security in British Economic Regulation

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The authors use regulation to explain the antecedents to current welfare developments in Britain. They show how first a Conservative and more recently "New Labour" governments have used in-work benefits so that today they have become the preferred instrument of intervention in the labor market for setting wages. The authors discuss the ways in which these measures address issues of child poverty and the adequacy of incomes, and how far they are...

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Overview

The authors use regulation to explain the antecedents to current welfare developments in Britain. They show how first a Conservative and more recently "New Labour" governments have used in-work benefits so that today they have become the preferred instrument of intervention in the labor market for setting wages. The authors discuss the ways in which these measures address issues of child poverty and the adequacy of incomes, and how far they are disciplining devices to encourage a new moral order.

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Examining the way in which configurations of income maintenance programs (welfare) can be understood as mechanisms of economic management, Grover and Stewart (both of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Lancaster U., UK) discuss how the relationship between out-of-work benefits and the lowest in-work wages effects workers with dependent children. They argue that work incentive and labor discipline measures are central to the reproduction of the patriarchal capitalist order. The supply of labor, the containment of inflation through the maintenance of a downward pressure on wages, and other characteristics of the system are all linked to neo-liberal ideas about the cultural basis of free markets and the reproduction of role models attached to the patriarchal family. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333754436
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Grover is Lecturer in Applied Social Science and John Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, both in the Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welfare to Work-Welfare: Making the Connection to Work
• The Conservatives, Neo-liberalism and Social Security Policy: The Development of Market Workfare
• 'New Labour' and the Modernization of Welfare: Extending Market Workfare
• Rôle Models and Traditional Moralities: The Development of In-Work Relief for Lone Mothers
• Taming 'Barbarians': Young Men, the Patriarchal Family and In-work Relief
• Speenhamland: In-work Relief at the Dawn of Modernity
• Family Allowances to Child Benefit: Keynesian In-work Relief Delivered by Beveridge?

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