Forerunners and Laggards in Parental Leave Uptake in Sweden

This blog is based on an article in Journal of Social Policy. To access the full article click here. Sweden was the first country to introduce a parental leave scheme whereby both the mother and father can use the leave. Increasing fathers’ parental leave use has been an important gender equality goal in Sweden which… Continue reading Forerunners and Laggards in Parental Leave Uptake in Sweden

A Lens on Life Inside an Immigration Removal Centre

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. Although the UK’s immigration detention estate is one of the largest in Western Europe, what it’s like to be inside an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) remains a mystery to most. Included in this mix are detainees’ relatives,… Continue reading A Lens on Life Inside an Immigration Removal Centre

Contracting Employment Services by Results: Performance Targets, Differential Payments and Category Games

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. For many years, governments have turned to outcomes-based contracts as a way of driving innovation and efficiency in the delivery of welfare-to-work. Multinational human services agencies such as Maximus, Seetec, and People Plus are now major providers… Continue reading Contracting Employment Services by Results: Performance Targets, Differential Payments and Category Games

Why Historical Perspectives Matter for Understanding Social Policy

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to read the open access article. A historical perspective is important for understanding many things and this is particularly true when it comes to grasping healthcare scandals and healthcare policy. When we look back in time with the right tools,… Continue reading Why Historical Perspectives Matter for Understanding Social Policy

Vulnerable Unemployment and the ‘Ingredients of Success’

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. When looking at clients with a long history of unemployment and substantial health and social problems, stories of success are limited. Success is defined here as exiting benefits into employment or education. Thus, when a client does… Continue reading Vulnerable Unemployment and the ‘Ingredients of Success’