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Human dignity and welfare systems

Chak Kwan Chan


Pro-‘workfare’ governments justify their policies by claiming ‘workfare’ helps enhance self-esteem and promote the dignity of unemployed recipients. On the other hand, welfare activists argue that ‘workfare’ suppresses the dignity of unemployed persons. This book examines the concept of human dignity in this context and attempts to clarify its meaning. It formulates a framework for evaluating the dignity of welfare recipients; uses this framework to explore the dignity of unemployed persons in four different welfare systems: UK, Sweden, China and Hong Kong; compares the conditions of human dig ... More

Keywords: workfare, dignity, unemployment, United Kingdom, Sweden, China, Hong Kong

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9781861344311
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chak Kwan Chan, author