Challenging the disability benefit trap across the OECD

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI:
Challenging the disability benefit trap across the OECD

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This chapter briefly describes the magnitude of the dilemma across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), arguing that current policies are both expensive and yet fail to achieve satisfactory outcomes for people with disabilities themselves. It then discusses the primary causes driving current outcomes. The chapter looks at disability-policy trends in OECD countries since around the mid-1980s before turning to some very general policy conclusions. It notes that the chapter heavily relies on a 20-country comparative analysis published in early. The chapter concludes that no other area of social policy has been as ineffective in meeting the new challenges and in achieving stated objectives as disability policy.

Keywords: OECD; people with disabilities; OECD countries; comparative analysis; social policy; disability policy

Chapter.  4781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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