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Working futures?Disabled people, policy and social inclusion$
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Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346261

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.001.0001

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Disabled people, the state and employment: historical lessons and welfare policy

Disabled people, the state and employment: historical lessons and welfare policy

(p.301) Twenty One Disabled people, the state and employment: historical lessons and welfare policy
Working futures?

Alan Roulstone

Colin Barnes

Policy Press

This chapter seeks to show how the social policies of the past have shaped and still inform the current strategies that are being both pursued and proposed in the field of disability, employment, and welfare. It focuses on the relationship between the individual, the state, and the question of employment. The chapter notes that the social policy of New Labour can be typified by the proposition that ‘Work is better than welfare’. It argues that work continues to be premised on narrowly defined notions of wage labour, and with the longer-run drift to neoliberal policy underpinnings risks losing much of the corporatist tradition which emphasised collective futures and solutions. The chapter notes that the growth of conditional welfare risks an exacerbation of the very social exclusion policy makers and politicians are seeking to diminish.

Keywords:   past social policies, disability, employment, welfare, New Labour, corporatist tradition, collective futures, social-exclusion policy, politicians

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