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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 and Reeves, Aaron (2021) From social security to state-sanctioned insecurity: how welfare reform mimics the commodification of labour through greater state intervention. Economy and Society, 50 (3). pp. 448-470. ISSN 1469-5766

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03085147.2020.1844936

Abstract

Policymakers seeking to reform social security systems have frequently confronted a central tension: how to reconcile welfare retrenchment with the political challenges of implementing unpopular reforms. One way in which policymakers have responded to this tension is by repurposing existing institutions to serve new ends. We investigate the system of Universal Credit (UC) in the United Kingdom as an example of 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://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reso20/current
Additional Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Law
International Inequalities Institute
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: 20 Sep 2021 04:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/107017

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