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

Why Politics and Social Policy Matter for Shaping Humanitarian Assistance

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full article. There is a gross mismatch today between the large scope of humanitarian crises and the limited response of the international community. The recent escalation of armed conflicts, especially in Syria and Yemen, has led to… Continue reading Why Politics and Social Policy Matter for Shaping Humanitarian Assistance

Effective or Not? Investment in Early Childhood Education and Care England, France and Germany

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. This paper focuses on social investment in early childhood education and care (ECEC) – ‘childcare’, ‘nursery education’ or other ‘pre-school’ provision – in England, France and Germany. The provision of high quality childcare is seen as… Continue reading Effective or Not? Investment in Early Childhood Education and Care England, France and Germany