Journal article

Introduction: Rethinking welfare-to-work for the long-term unemployed

Michael McGann, Sophie Danneris, Siobhan O’Sullivan

Social Policy and Society | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2019

Abstract

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 p..

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