The Politics is in the Detail: How Policy-Makers in Europe Make Use of Employment Subsidies

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full version of the article.  Among policymakers in Europe, publicly funded employment subsidies are an increasingly popular tool to increase the employment or earnings of selected groups of workers. Research on the politics behind these programmes has… Continue reading The Politics is in the Detail: How Policy-Makers in Europe Make Use of Employment Subsidies

How Much Behavioural Conditionality is Too Much?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  To access the full article click here. What does attending playgroup have in common with getting off drugs? The government thinks threatening to take away your welfare payments will help you do both. Internationally the payment of welfare benefits is increasingly being… Continue reading How Much Behavioural Conditionality is Too Much?

Transforming Employment Support for Individuals with Health Conditions and Disabilities: Mainstreaming Learning from Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

This blog is based on an article published in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the full article. The policy context Health-related unemployment and sickness absence are key policy priorities in the UK, as in many nations. At 32% points the UK’s disability employment gap is amongst the largest across the advanced economies… Continue reading Transforming Employment Support for Individuals with Health Conditions and Disabilities: Mainstreaming Learning from Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

Parliamentary Committee Witnesses: Why It Matters Who Parliament Hears From

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the full article. It has long been argued that some groups, including poorer people and those who are otherwise socially excluded, lose out significantly in society and in the political process because they are powerless. For some groups, such… Continue reading Parliamentary Committee Witnesses: Why It Matters Who Parliament Hears From