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

Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare States

Edited by Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen, and Josien Arts

Distributed for Bristol University Press

Edited by Anja Eleveld and Thomas Kampen
312 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447340010 Published February 2020 For sale in North and South America only
We live in an age of extreme inequality, when a wealthy minority of the global population lives in historical luxury even as middle-class people fear for the future and twenty percent of the world struggles with chronic poverty. Social policy has failed to find answers to this crisis, and we are beginning to see powerful calls for a new way of thinking about how to escape it. This book argues that we need to start by reframing the whole question, starting not with poverty as a problem to be solved, but with our vision of a good society as a goal to be achieved. That frees us up to consider bold, forward-looking social policies that can have a far-reaching impact. The proposals here are based on a research program carried out by the Webb Memorial Trust that included population surveys of more than twelve thousand people. The way forward, we see, is to increase people’s sense of agency in building the society they want.
Contents
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
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