Beyond the Workfare State: Labour Markets, Equalities and Human Rights

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Mick Carpenter, Belinda Freda, Stuart Speeden
Policy Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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Beyond the Workfare State explores equality, discrimination and human rights in relation to employability and 'welfare-to-work' policies. It draws extensively on new research from the SEQUAL Project, undertaken for the European Social Fund, which investigated seven dimensions of discrimination in a labour market that is theoretically 'open to all'.The book provides an overall analysis of policy shifts and presents a wide and distinctive range of illustrative studies that give voice to a variety of potentially marginalised groups. Chapters deal with obstacles to labour-market access around each of the following themes: gender and class; disability; race and ethnicity; geographical exclusion; sexual orientation; the problems of old and young people; and refugees. The authors draw attention to localised examples of promising practice, but also connect these to a broader 'human rights' agenda, linking them to changing legislative and governance frameworks. Its scope covers the whole of Great Britain and it shows how devolution in Scotland and Wales, and at the regional level in England, is creating new possibilities for mainstreaming good practice in this key area.The book will be of great interest to academics and students in social policy and related fields. It will also be valuable for professionals, policy makers and practitioners in the regeneration, community development and anti-discrimination fields, particularly in the UK but also in Europe and beyond.

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two Beyond the ghost town? The promising practices of I I
employability discrimination
minority ethnic women
five Discrimination and geographical exclusions case study
six Out of the picture? Sexual orientation and labour market
a qualitative study of older
refugee sector practice I 15
eleven Capabilities human rights and the challenge to workfare

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Mick Carpenter, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Belinda Freda, Political, International and Policy Studies (PIPS), School of Arts, University of Surrey and Stuart Speeden, Centre for Local Policy Studies, Edge Hill College

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