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

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

by J. Stewart, C. Grover
     
 

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The authors use regulation to explain the antecedents to current welfare developments in Britain. From discussion of the 'Speenhamland System', the struggle for Family Allowance and a National Minimum Wage, they show how first a Conservative government in the 1970s, and more recently 'New Labour', have used in-work benefits so that today they have become the preferred

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The authors use regulation to explain the antecedents to current welfare developments in Britain. From discussion of the 'Speenhamland System', the struggle for Family Allowance and a National Minimum Wage, they show how first a Conservative government in the 1970s, and more recently 'New Labour', have used in-work benefits so that today they have become the preferred instrument of intervention in the labour market for setting wages. The authors discuss the ways in which these measures - the new deals for lone parents and young people and the working family tax credit - address issues of child poverty and the adequacy of incomes, and how far they are disciplining devices to encourage a new moral order, supportive of family life.

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'It is well-written, it presents its arguments clearly and concisely, and a great deal of detailed evidence is presented in support of specific claims...I strongly recommend this book...' - Peter Dwyer, University of Leeds, Social Policy

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333754436
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/20/2001
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
233
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

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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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