Why Countries “Get Tough on the Workshy”

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the full article. Unemployment benefit reforms that make it harder and more onerous to claim benefits have been commonplace across the economically advanced democracies. The fact that this trend toward “getting tough on unemployment” has been so pervasive,… Continue reading Why Countries “Get Tough on the Workshy”

Does the EU Skew Democratic Debate About Capitalism?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the full article. EU discourse and its economic policy instruments limit democratic debate by marginalising anti-capitalist arguments. This is problematic as democracy benefits from and is constituted by open deliberation. It is even more problematic when we consider the… Continue reading Does the EU Skew Democratic Debate About Capitalism?

Shared Parental Leave: Take-Up Barriers and Inequality Risks

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  To access the article click here. In April 2015, the UK introduced Shared Parental Leave (SPL), allowing mothers to transfer parts of their maternity leave to their partners. The policy aims to improve fathers’ access to parental leave, which has traditionally been… Continue reading Shared Parental Leave: Take-Up Barriers and Inequality Risks

Does Paid Work Guarantee a Secure Retirement? Low-income Single Mothers and Policy Imperatives of Welfare-to-Work Programmes in Israel

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  To access the article click here. In this study, I examine how low-income single mothers in Israel respond to pension policies that create inequality between the privileged and underprivileged. My aim is to demonstrate how these women respond to the demand for… Continue reading Does Paid Work Guarantee a Secure Retirement? Low-income Single Mothers and Policy Imperatives of Welfare-to-Work Programmes in Israel

Troubled Families: What Role for the State?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  You can access the article by clicking here. Since the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) was launched following the 2011 summer riots, it has been mired in controversy. The programme was founded on a pejorative narrative that blamed 'broken families' for a 'broken society'.  … Continue reading Troubled Families: What Role for the State?