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Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare States

Legal, Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Domination

Edited by Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen and Josien Arts

Published

31 Jan 2020

Page count

312 pages

ISBN

978-1447340010

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

31 Jan 2020

Page count

312 pages

ISBN

978-1447340140

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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    With welfare to work programmes under intense scrutiny, this book reviews a wide range of existing and future policies across Europe.

    Seventeen 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 book is an important step along the path towards more fair and adequate legislation.

    “This is one of the best books I have read on the key issue for contemporary social protection. Academics, students and policy makers alike should read with an open mind.” Mark Simpson, Ulster University

    Anja Eleveld is a labour lawyer, political scientist and Assistant Professor at the VU University 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.

    Welfare to work, social justice and domination: an introduction to an interdisciplinary normative perspective on welfare policies ~ Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen and Josien Arts

    PART I: Legal perspectives

    Workfare’s persistent philosophical and legal issues: forced labour, reciprocity and a basic income guarantee ~ Amir Paz-Fuchs

    The right to work: a justification for welfare to work? ~ Elise Dermine

    Limitation of welfare to work: the prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work ~ Elise Dermine

    The duty to work as precondition for human dignity: a Swiss perspective on work programmes ~ Melanie Studer and Kurt Pärli

    The prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work: a comparison of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK ~ Anja Eleveld, Neville Harris and Christian H. Schøler

    PART II: Sociological perspectives

    Implementing social justice within activation policies: the contribution of the capability approach ~ Jean-Michel Bonvin and Luca Perrig

    The silent expansion of welfare to work policies: how policies are enhanced through the use of categorizations, evidence-based knowledge and self-governance ~ Mathias H. Nielsen, Sophie Danneris and Niklas A. Andersen

    Questions of conduct and social justice: the ethics of welfare conditionality within UK social security ~ Peter Dwyer

    Pressing, repressing and accommodating: local modes of governing social assistance recipients in welfare to work programmes in the Netherlands ~ Josien Arts

    Left in limbo: social assistance recipients' evolving views on the fairness of workfare volunteerism ~ Thomas Kampen

    PART III: Philosophical perspectives

    Welfare to work and the republican theory of non-domination ~ Anja Eleveld

    Unconditional basic income and duties of contribution: exploring the republican ethos of justice ~ Simon Birnbaum

    Freedom, exit and basic income ~ Stuart White

    Conclusion: exit, voice and the minimization of domination in welfare to work relationships ~ Anja Eleveld