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Ivar Lodemel and Heather Trickey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341952

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.001.0001

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Steps to compulsion within British labour market policies

Steps to compulsion within British labour market policies

(p.181) Seven Steps to compulsion within British labour market policies
'An offer you can't refuse'

Heather Trickey

Robert Walker

Policy Press

This chapter talks about the trend towards compulsory work-for-benefit policies in the UK. It also focuses on the development of these policies by an ideologically social-democratic government operating within a ‘liberal’ welfare regime. The chapter takes a look at the New Deal programmes, which are comprised of three policy strands. It describes the structure of the New Deal for Young People, and points to some of the normative underpinnings of the strategy of the New Labour government towards ‘workless’ people. It also considers supply-side solutions to unemployment and paid work as a desirable goal for all and as a solution to poverty.

Keywords:   compulsory work-for-benefit policies, trend, social-democratic government, liberal welfare regime, New Deal programmes, policy strands, normative underpinnings, New Labour government strategy, supply-side solutions

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