Creeping conditionality in the UK: From welfare rights to conditional entitlements?

Dwyer, PJ 2004, 'Creeping conditionality in the UK: From welfare rights to conditional entitlements?' , The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 29 (2) , pp. 265-287.

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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: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: The Canadian Journal of Sociology
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1710-1123
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 15:14
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:52

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