Foundations of the Workfare State

Foundations of the Workfare State – Reflections on the Political Transformation of the Welfare State in Britain

Abstract
The British ‘welfare state’ has been transformed. ‘Welfare’ has been replaced by a new ‘workfare’ regime (the ‘Work Programme’) defined by tougher state regulatory practices for those receiving out-of-work benefits. US-style mandatory community work programmes are being revived and expanded. This article, therefore, considers shifting public attitudes to work and welfare in Britain and changing attitudes to working-age welfare and out-of-work benefits in particular. It also considers the extent to which recent transformations of the state may be explained by declines in traditional labourist politics and class-based solidarity. Thus, we attempt to develop a richer understanding of changing public attitudes towards welfare and the punitive regulatory ‘workfare’ practices engaged by the modern state in the liberal market economy; reflecting on the nature of the relations between ideology, party policies, popular attitudes and their political impact.

 

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2 thoughts on “Foundations of the Workfare State

  1. In practice, this is all not working. I know of no-one who’s on workfare in my area, now. Different policies seem to be pursued in different areas of the country. I guess it’s up to each jobcentre manager what they think is worth doing. I don’t see how workfare can get people into jobs that don’t exist.

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