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Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe
The Paradox of Inclusion

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  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833707

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  • Comparing welfare policies in the U.S. and Western Europe aimed at the "workless" population, this study notes that the European labor policies of welfare services offer the best method of bringing the socially excluded back into mainstream society. Despite differences in ideology and practice, Joel Handler argues that there are also significant similarities between the U.S. and the Europeans, especially in field-level practices that serve to exclude the most vulnerable. The author examines strategies for reform and concludes with an argument for a basic income guarantee.

    • The distinctive aspect of the book is a description and analysis of common ideologies and practices across countries that appear to have very different social welfare traditions.
    • A description of actual, field-level practices in welfare administration
    • An analysis of reform strategies in light of field-level problems and capabilities
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    "Handler provides a powerful critique of the trend from welfare to workfare." Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal

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    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833707
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.666kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The American Welfare Reform: 'Ending welfare as we know it': The 'undeserving poor'
    'Ending welfare as we know it'
    The 'work first' strategy
    The low-wage labor market
    The work experience of welfare recipients
    The attitudes of welfare recipients
    The decline in the welfare rolls and poverty
    The future
    Recommendations to make welfare really work
    Social citizenship in the US
    Some lessons from the American experience that might be applicable to Western Europe
    3. The European welfare states: social citizenship in the golden age
    The challenge of unemployment
    The impact on labor
    Vulnerable groups: the socially excluded
    Right, center and left - questioning the welfare state
    The 'third way': from status to contract
    4. Workfare in western Europe: the United Kingdom
    The Netherlands
    Risks for the socially excluded
    5. Social Europe: alternatives? Conclusions? Solutions?
    Part A. Social Europe: convergence vs. path-dependent
    Negative vs. positive integration
    Part B. Reform at the national level
    Part C. Those who remain.

  • Author

    Joel F. Handler, University of California, Los Angeles
    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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