Conceptualising the active welfare subject: welfare reform in discourse, policy and lived experience

Wright, S. (2016) Conceptualising the active welfare subject: welfare reform in discourse, policy and lived experience. Policy and Politics, 44(2), pp. 235-252. (doi:10.1332/030557314X13904856745154)

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Abstract

The idea of the active welfare subject has become irresistible to both policy makers and academics and has taken a lead role in the transformation of twenty-first century social security systems. Two distinguishable approaches have emerged – the dominant model and a counter model. The dominant model emphasises moralised individual responsibility for 'wrong choices' and mandates behavioural change to become active. The counter model situates benefit recipients in the present as disempowered creative, reflexive and resourceful beings. This article develops conceptualisations by comparing benefit recipients' accounts (from an exploratory qualitative study) of lived experience with both models.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wright, Dr Sharon
Authors: Wright, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Policy and Politics
Publisher:The Policy Press
ISSN:0305-5736
ISSN (Online):1470-844
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Policy Press
First Published:First published in Policy and Politics 44(2):235-252
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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