With welfare to work programmes under intense scrutiny, this book ranges widely across Europe to review existing policies and explore future ones.
More than a dozen contributors provide case studies and legal, sociological and philosophical perspectives from around the continent, building a rich picture of welfare to work policies and their impact. They show how many schemes do not adequately address social rights and lived experiences, and consider alternatives based on theories of non-domination.
For anyone interested in the justice of welfare to work, this is an important step along the path towards more fair and adequate legislation.
Anja Eleveld is a labour lawyer and a political scientist and assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the regulation and implementation of conditional welfare.
Thomas Kampen is a sociologist and assistant professor at the University of Humanistic Studies. His research focuses on the lived experiences of welfare state reforms in the Netherlands.
Josien Arts received her PhD in sociology from the University of Amsterdam. She examined local practices of welfare-to-work policy in the Netherlands in the context of post-Fordist labour markets.
1. Welfare to work, Social Justice and Domination: An introduction to an interdisciplinary Perspective on Welfare Policies ~ Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen and Josien Arts
PART I: LEGAL PERSPECTIVES
2. The Normative Foundations of Workfare. Workfare’s Persistent Philosophical and Legal Issues: Forced Labour, Reciprocity and a Basic Income Guarantee ~ Amir Paz-Fuchs;
3. The Right to Work: A justification for Welfare to Work? ~ Elise Dermine;
4. Limitation of Welfare to Work: The Prohibition of Forced Labour and the Right to Freely Chosen Work ~ Elise Dermine;
5. The Duty to Work as Precondition for Human Dignity. A Swiss Perspective on Workfare ~ Melanie Studer and Kurt Pärli;
6. The prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work. A comparison of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK ~ Anja Eleveld, Christian Højer Schjøler, Neville Harris;
PART II: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES;
7. Implementing Social Justice within Activation Policies: The Contribution of the Capability Approach ~ Jean-Michel Bonvin and Luca Perrig;
8. The Silent Expansion of Welfare to Work policies. How Policies Are Enhanced through the Use of Categorisations, Evidence-based Knowledge and Self-governance ~ Mathias Nerup Nielsen, Sophie Danneris and Niklas Andersen;
9. Questions of Conduct and Social Justice: The Ethics of Welfare Conditionality within UK Social Security ~ Peter Dwyer;
10. Pressing, Repressing and Accommodating. Different modes of Governing Welfare recipients in Welfare-To-Work Programmes in the Netherlands ~ Josien Arts;
11. Left in Limbo. Welfare Clients’ Evolving Views on the Fairness of Workfare Volunteerism ~ Thomas Kampen;
PART III: PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES;
12. Welfare to Work and the Republican Theory of Non-Domination ~ Anja Eleveld;
13. Unconditional Basic Income and Duties of Contribution. Exploring the Republican Ethos of Justice ~ Simon Birnbaum;
14. Freedom, Exit and Basic Income ~ Stuart White;
PART IV CONCLUSION;
15. Exit, Voice and the Minimization of Domination in Welfare to Work Relationships in European Welfare States ~ Anja Eleveld.