Welfare reform: facing up to the geography of worklessness

Webster, D. (2006) Welfare reform: facing up to the geography of worklessness. Local Economy, 21(2 (May), pp. 107-116. (doi: 10.1080/02690940600679300)

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This article criticises the assumption underlying the 2006 Green Paper on Welfare that large-scale worklessness is not due to a lack of jobs. It shows that only limited progress was made in the decade 1995-2005 in eliminating the geographical concentrations of worklessness created by deindustrialisation and decentralisation. It criticises some of the official arguments used to justify a 'supply-side' rather than 'demand-side' view of the causes of local concentrations of worklessness, and argues for stronger urban and regional policies.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Webster, Dr David
Authors: Webster, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Local Economy
ISSN (Online):1470-9325
Published Online:19 August 2006

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