Re-connecting with 'what unemployment means': employability, the experience of unemployment and priorities for policy in an era of crisis

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Abstract

This chapter provides an insightful appraisal of New Labour's ‘Work First’ supply-side approach to unemployment policy in new circumstances. It reconnects with earlier work by Adrian Sinfield, from a previous period of mass unemployment, to ‘recognize more fully what unemployment means’ both for those who directly experience it and for society as a whole. It reviews in detail how the concept of ‘employability’ has been interpreted and put into practice by New Labour, revealing in the process the inadequacy of this approach, especially in a period when mass unemployment requires analysis and action on its demand-side aspects. It offers an analytical framework that allows us to recognise and make sense of the full range of factors that affect the ability of individuals to access meaningful employment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Policy Review 22
Subtitle of host publicationAnalysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2010
EditorsIan Greener, Chris Holden, Majella Kilkey
Place of PublicationBristol
Pages121-148
Number of pages28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • employability
  • welfare to work
  • active labour market policy
  • unemployment
  • social policy

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