Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe
The Paradox of Inclusion
By (author) Joel F. Handler
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Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe by Joel F. Handler
Book DescriptionThis book compares workfare policies in the United States and 'active labor policies' in Western Europe that are aimed primarily at the long-term unemployed, unemployed youth, lone parents, immigrants and other vulnerable groups often referred to collectively as the 'socially excluded'. The Europeans maintain that workfare is the best method of bringing the socially excluded back into mainstream society. Although there are differences in terms of ideology and practice, Joel F. Handler argues that there are also significant similarities, especially field-level practices that serve to exclude those who are the least employable or lack other qualifications that agencies favor. The author also examines strategies for reform, including protective labor legislation, the Open Method of Coordination, the reform of social and employment services, and concludes with an argument for a basic income guarantee, which would not only alleviate poverty but also provide clients with an exit option.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521541534
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joel F. Handler
Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality, Hardback (November 2006)
This book challenges the assumption of the decline of welfare.
Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe, Hardback (April 2004)
Compares workfare policies in the United States and Western Europe aimed at the 'workless' population.
We the Poor People, Paperback (November 1997)
The authors of this text discuss current policies, efforts and programmes designed to deal with the poor and analyze what works, what does not work, and why. They promote policies that would facilitate leaving welfare for work - particulary in the case of single mothers.
Down from Bureaucracy, Hardback (April 1996)» View all books by Joel F. Handler
Traces the ideological shifts of empowerment from its beginning as a cornerstone of the war on poverty in the 1960s to its central place in conservative market-based voucher schemes for school reform in the 1990s. This book shows that in the past the gains from decentralization have proved to be more symbol than substance.
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Author Biography - Joel F. Handler
Joel F. Handler is Richard C. Maxwell Professor of Law and Professor of Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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