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Beyond the workfare state: Labour markets, equalities and human rights

Mick Carpenter, Belinda Freda, and Stuart Speeden


This book explores equality, discrimination, and human rights in relation to employability and ‘welfare-to-work’ policies. It draws extensively on new research from the SEQUAL Project, undertaken for the European Social Fund, which investigated seven dimensions of discrimination in a labour market that is theoretically ‘open to all’. The book provides an overall analysis of policy shifts and presents a wide and distinctive range of illustrative studies that give voice to a variety of potentially marginalised groups. Chapters deal with obstacles to labour-market access around each of the follow ... More

Keywords: equality, discrimination, human rights, employability, workfare, SEQUAL Project, European Social Fund, labour markets, Great Britain, social policy

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781861348739
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mick Carpenter, editor

Belinda Freda, editor

Stuart Speeden, editor

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One Introduction: towards a better workfare state, or one beyond it?

Mick Carpenter, Stuart Speeden, and Belinda Freda

Part One Case studies in Labour Market Discrimination and Inequalities

Two Beyond the Ghost Town? The ‘Promising Practices’ of Community-Based Initiatives in Coventry

Mick Carpenter, Barbara Merrill, Phil Cleaver, and Inga Šniukaité

Part Two Implications for wider policies

Eleven Capabilities, human rights and the challenge to workfare

Mick Carpenter, Stuart Speeden, Colin Griffin, and Nick Walters

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