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Disabled people, the state and employment: historical lessons and welfare 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0022
Disabled people, the state and employment: historical lessons and welfare policy

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This chapter seeks to show how the social policies of the past have shaped and still inform the current strategies that are being both pursued and proposed in the field of disability, employment, and welfare. It focuses on the relationship between the individual, the state, and the question of employment. The chapter notes that the social policy of New Labour can be typified by the proposition that ‘Work is better than welfare’. It argues that work continues to be premised on narrowly defined notions of wage labour, and with the longer-run drift to neoliberal policy underpinnings risks losing much of the corporatist tradition which emphasised collective futures and solutions. The chapter notes that the growth of conditional welfare risks an exacerbation of the very social exclusion policy makers and politicians are seeking to diminish.

Keywords: past social policies; disability; employment; welfare; New Labour; corporatist tradition; collective futures; social-exclusion policy; politicians

Chapter.  4947 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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