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From social security to state-sanctioned insecurity: how welfare reform mimics the commodification of labour through greater state intervention

Koch, Insa, Fransham, Mark, Cant, Sarah, Ebrey, Jill, Glucksberg, Luna and Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 (2020) From social security to state-sanctioned insecurity: how welfare reform mimics the commodification of labour through greater state intervention. Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385 (In Press)

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Abstract

Social security systems confront a central tension: how to reconcile welfare retrenchment with the political challenges of implementing unpopular reforms. One way in which policy makers have responded to this tension is by repurposing existing institutions to serve new ends. We investigate the system of Universal Credit (UC) in the UK as an example of such a ‘conversion’. UC expands the reach of ‘active citizenship’ policies to a much larger population than ever before. However, far from producing uniform outcomes, UC’s implementation has been marked by chaos and ultimately failure for individuals and communities. We argue that UC exemplifies a broader shift from social security to state- sanctioned social insecurity as policy reforms come to mimic the insecurities and risks commonly associated with the market.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/soc
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Law
International Inequalities Institute
Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 15:57
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 12:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107017

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