Stigma and Social Assistance in the Global South: Myth or an Overlooked Reality?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Welfare stigma is a well-known and strongly researched phenomenon in high-income countries such as the UK and US. Movies such as I, Daniel Blake provide a potent insight into life on benefits and the many ways… Continue reading Stigma and Social Assistance in the Global South: Myth or an Overlooked Reality?

Decent Work in Scotland: An Agenda-Setting Analysis

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. New policy concepts, framing policy problems in unconventional ways and offering different perspectives and different policy solutions, often face challenging obstacles when it comes to attracting the attention of those in the policy community with the… Continue reading Decent Work in Scotland: An Agenda-Setting Analysis

Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Depressant Prescribing: The Mental Health Impact of Social Security Reforms

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. An important and highly contested issue relates to the ‘efficacy and ethicality’ of conditionality within contemporary welfare states. Across social security systems internationally, recent decades have seen a growth in the specification of work-related behavioural requirements… Continue reading Benefit Sanctions and Anti-Depressant Prescribing: The Mental Health Impact of Social Security Reforms

Reconsidering ‘What Works’: ‘Relational Inequality’ and Applied Social Policy Research

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society. Click here to access the article.  A vast and still increasing amount of research has been examining the question of ’what works’ in terms of bringing long-term unemployed individuals into work. However, this research offers little clarity in terms of identifying effective interventions… Continue reading Reconsidering ‘What Works’: ‘Relational Inequality’ and Applied Social Policy Research

The Opportunities and Obstacles for a ‘Scottish Approach’ to Race Equality

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article.  Is there a particular character to race equality in Scotland that is different to elsewhere in the UK?  As ever much depends both on how this question is posed - and to whom. While the primary legislation… Continue reading The Opportunities and Obstacles for a ‘Scottish Approach’ to Race Equality