This edited collection considers how conditional welfare policies and services are implemented and experienced by a diverse range of welfare service users across a range of UK policy domains including social security, homelessness, migration and criminal justice.
The book showcases the insights and findings of a series of distinct, independent studies undertaken by early career researchers associated with the ESRC funded Welfare Conditionality project. Each chapter presents a new empirical analysis of data generated in fieldwork conducted with practitioners charged with interpreting and delivering policy and welfare service users who are at the sharp end of welfare services shaped by behavioural conditionality.
Peter Dwyer is Professor of Social Policy at the University of York, UK. His research and teaching focuses on social citizenship. He led the large ESRC fundedWelfare Conditionality:Sanctions Support and Behaviour Change (2013-2018) project.
Introduction ~ Peter Dwyer;
No strings attached? An exploration of employment support services offered by the homelessness sector ~ Katy Jones;
Choked with freedom: the UK welfare state and homeless Eastern European migrants ~ Regina Serpa;
Exploring the impact of welfare conditionality on Roma migrants in the UK ~ Ion Liviu Iulian Dinu and Lisa Scullion;
Family intervention policies: critical reflections on behaviour change ~ Emily Ball;
Shaping the lives of claimants? Vulnerability and behavioural conditionality within Universal Credit ~ Helen Stinson;
Punishment, powerlessness and passivity: exploring the role of welfare conditionality on criminal-justice involved women attempting to live ‘a good life’ ~ Larissa Povey;
Conclusion ~ Peter Dwyer.
“This compelling and often affecting account of the attempts of various arms of the welfare state to enforce ‘good’ behaviour by service users will interest readers across the social sciences.” Mark Simpson, Ulster University