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Rewarding responsibility? Long-term unemployed men and the welfare-to-work agenda

Rewarding responsibility? Long-term unemployed men and the welfare-to-work agenda
Rewarding responsibility? Long-term unemployed men and the welfare-to-work agenda
In this paper we explore the responses of a group of long-term unemployed men to chronic labour market insecurity and ‘active’ labour market policies promoting individual responsibility for employability. We draw from an evaluation of a recent pilot scheme: the UK Employment Retention and Advancement Demonstration. We identify a range of responses, shaped through experiences which reflect gender, class, and age divisions. Despite significant labour market disadvantage, some of the men responded by proactively engaging with the employability agenda. Drawing on qualitative longitudinal data, we follow the trajectories of the men in work, examining how they fared in insecure, precarious labour markets. We conclude by looking at the strengths and limitations of the current policy agenda, suggesting that more creative ways need to be found to engage some of the most disadvantaged in the reskilling agenda and that employers are currently a ‘weak link’ in the package of support provided
0263-774X
975-990
Ray, Kathryn
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Hoggart, Lesley
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Taylor, Rebecca
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Vegeris, Sandra
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Campbell-Barr, Verity
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Ray, Kathryn
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Taylor, Rebecca
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Vegeris, Sandra
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Campbell-Barr, Verity
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Ray, Kathryn, Hoggart, Lesley, Taylor, Rebecca, Vegeris, Sandra and Campbell-Barr, Verity (2009) Rewarding responsibility? Long-term unemployed men and the welfare-to-work agenda. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27 (6), 975-990. (doi:10.1068/c0852).

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In this paper we explore the responses of a group of long-term unemployed men to chronic labour market insecurity and ‘active’ labour market policies promoting individual responsibility for employability. We draw from an evaluation of a recent pilot scheme: the UK Employment Retention and Advancement Demonstration. We identify a range of responses, shaped through experiences which reflect gender, class, and age divisions. Despite significant labour market disadvantage, some of the men responded by proactively engaging with the employability agenda. Drawing on qualitative longitudinal data, we follow the trajectories of the men in work, examining how they fared in insecure, precarious labour markets. We conclude by looking at the strengths and limitations of the current policy agenda, suggesting that more creative ways need to be found to engage some of the most disadvantaged in the reskilling agenda and that employers are currently a ‘weak link’ in the package of support provided

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Published date: 26 October 2009
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 375214
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375214
ISSN: 0263-774X
PURE UUID: 14b5c360-3b5e-493a-a4f5-d0c6e8ff0ab1

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Date deposited: 16 Mar 2015 12:06
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 21:27

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Author: Kathryn Ray
Author: Lesley Hoggart
Author: Rebecca Taylor
Author: Sandra Vegeris
Author: Verity Campbell-Barr

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