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Workfare and the precariat

Standing, Guy (2011) 'Workfare and the precariat.' Soundings (47). pp. 35-43.

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Abstract

Workfare is the wrong policy response to the insecurities and inequalities inherent in a flexible market economy. It does nothing to counter these insecurities and inequalities and represents an abandonment of universalistic and solidaristic principles. Instead, it subjects a growing minority to coercive measures and immiseration, while allowing them to be demonized and blamed for being victims of a situation not of their making. Labour should move away from its espousal of workfare and come up with egalitarian and emancipatory alternatives, such as basic income, that respond to labour market realities.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: workfare, precariat, economics, benefits, insecurity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ISSN: 13626620
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.3898/136266211795427549
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 15:50
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15674

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