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The Reformation of Welfare: The New Faith of the Labour Market

Tom Boland and Ray Griffin


Contemporary welfare states attempt to govern unemployment using active labour market policies to reconnect jobseekers with the labour market. Critics suggest these reflect a punitive turn in social policy and are ineffective in any case, leading to debates over the evidence-bases and ideological underpinnings of social policy. Here, we investigate the deeper cultural codes which inform how the state governs the unemployed and how individuals interpret their experiences of work and jobseeking in the labour market. Specifically, we argue that there are unrecognised theological models which anim ... More

Keywords: Welfare, Unemployment, Labour Market, Jobseeking, Activation, Governmentality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529211320
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529211320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Boland, author
University College Cork

Ray Griffin, author
Waterford Institute of Technology