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Still on the scrapheap?: The meaning and characteristics of unemployment in prosperous welfare states

Fevre, Ralph William 2011. Still on the scrapheap?: The meaning and characteristics of unemployment in prosperous welfare states. Work, Employment and Society 25 (1) , pp. 1-9. 10.1177/0950017011399011

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Abstract

This e-special features examples from unemployment research published in Work, Employment and Society since the late 1980s. An early preoccupation was with the way a large section of the workforce had been removed from employment altogether. Over time, researchers paid more attention to groups which remained marginal to the workforce even when unemployment fell: who, or what, was keeping them at the margins? Similarly, early attention to policy adjustments that might make it easier for people to live with unemployment was replaced by research of much broader policy relevance as researchers felt able to move beyond the defensive position they had adopted in response to the neo-liberal public policy agenda. Much of the research published after 2000 was characterised by greater confidence in social science but also by higher expectations of public policy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: inequalities; labour markets; public policy; transitions to employment; unemployment; welfare
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:34
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/52147

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