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On the margins of inclusionChanging labour markets and social exclusion in London$
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David M. Smith

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346018

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346018.001.0001

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On the margins of inclusion

On the margins of inclusion

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On the margins of inclusion

David M. Smith

Policy Press

This chapter expands certain policy implications on chronic economic and labour market disadvantage and draws some general conclusions from the research concerning the potential of current policy to assist social inclusion through labour market integration. It observes that strategies of economic maximisation featured prominently in the respondents' accounts of the imperatives influencing labour market behaviour. It opines that in the absence of employment that provides any intrinsic satisfaction or alternative means of self-respect, the material rewards of employment are central since they provide the only incentive to enter formal work. It notes however that ‘rational’ economic considerations are largely eclipsed by a variety of competing concerns that are informed by a more comprehensive understanding of social exclusion than the rather limited version that is providing an organising principle for ‘Third Way’ social policies.

Keywords:   labour market disadvantage, social inclusion, labour market integration, economic maximisation, self-respect, social exclusion, Third Way

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