Disabled people and employment: the potential impact of European policy

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:
Disabled people and employment: the potential impact of European policy

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This chapter discusses the shifting paradigms that have emerged in European debates about employment, social policy, and disability during this most recent period of identity and consensus building. It suggests that the aims and objectives of these often overlapping areas of policy are characterised by tensions between competing and, perhaps increasingly divergent, drivers in this process of identity production. The chapter explains that the replacement of the concept of citizen-worker (and the parasitic rights of dependent family members) with a more inclusive notion of citizenship based on nationality provides for the first time the opportunity for a comprehensive rights-based disability paradigm. It discusses the formation of this paradigm and offers pointers to its future development.

Keywords: shifting paradigms; European debates; employment; social policy; identity production; citizen-worker; disability paradigm

Chapter.  4718 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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