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Of policies, policing and provision: compliance and productivity in welfare-to-work programmes in the USA and Europe

Mabbett, Deborah. (2009) Of policies, policing and provision: compliance and productivity in welfare-to-work programmes in the USA and Europe. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    How different are European welfare-to-work schemes from American ‘workfare’? This paper sets up a distinction between ‘compliance’ and ‘productivity’ orientations in programme design. It analyses communications between politics and administration in the conduct of schemes in the US, the UK and the Netherlands, identifying for each scheme the configuration of legal rights, performance management systems and financial arrangements. It is shown how institutional factors can explain why US ‘workfare’ is compliance-oriented, an orientation achieved by distinctive performance targets and budgetary structures. Different institutional possibilities and constraints characterise the development of schemes in the UK and the Netherlands, which mainly have a productivity orientation, reflected in performance targets and financial incentives which reward placement in employment.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Countries > Netherlands
    Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2012 17:00
    Number of Pages: 23
    Last Modified: 19 Aug 2012 17:00
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33100

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