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Welfare conditionality

Author: Beth Watts; Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
Series: Key ideas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Welfare conditionality has become an idea of global significance in recent years. A ‘hot topic’ in North America, Australia, and across Europe, it has been linked to austerity politics, and the rise of foodbanks and destitution. In the Global South, where publicly funded welfare protection systems are often absent, conditional approaches have become a key tool employed by organisations pursuing human development  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beth Watts; Suzanne Fitzpatrick
ISBN: 9781138119901 1138119903 9781138119918 1138119911
OCLC Number: 1019834168
Description: vi, 200 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The context for conditionality --
The techniques of conditionality --
The subjects of conditionality --
The impacts of conditionality --
The ethics of conditionality --
Conclusions --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Key ideas.
Responsibility: Beth Watts and Suzanne Fitzpatrick.

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Welfare conditionality has become an idea of global significance in recent years. A ‘hot topic’ in North America, Australia, and across Europe, it has been linked to austerity politics, and the rise of foodbanks and destitution. In the Global South, where publicly funded welfare protection systems are often absent, conditional approaches have become a key tool employed by organisations pursuing human development goals. The essence of welfare conditionality lies in requirements for people to behave in prescribed ways in order to access cash benefits or other welfare support. These conditions are typically enforced through benefit ‘sanctions’ of various kinds, reflecting a new vision of ‘welfare’, focused more on promoting ‘pro-social’ behaviour than on protecting people against classic ‘social risks’ like unemployment. This new book in Routledge’s Key Ideas series charts the rise of behavioural conditionality in welfare systems across the globe, its appeal to politicians of Right and Left, and its application to a growing range of social problems. Crucially it explores why, in the context of widespread use of conditional approaches as well as apparently strong public support, both the efficacy and the ethics of welfare conditionality remain so controversial. As such, Welfare Conditionality is essential reading for students, researchers, and commentators in social and public policy, as well as those designing and implementing welfare policies. --

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"An excellent guide to the complex and often contentious debates about the efficacy and legitimacy of welfare conditionality." - Alan Deacon, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of Read more...

 
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