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Actively Seeking Work? : Politics of Unemployment and Welfare Policy in the United States and Great Britain - Desmond S. King

Actively Seeking Work?

Politics of Unemployment and Welfare Policy in the United States and Great Britain

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780226436227
Number Of Pages: 352

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Why have both Great Britain and the United States been unable to create effective training and work programs for the unemployed? Desmond King contends that the answer lies in the liberal political origins of these programs. Integrating extensive, previously untapped archival and documentary materials with an analysis of the sources of political support for work-welfare programs, King shows that policymakers in both Great Britain and the United States have tried to achieve conflicting goals through these programs.
The goal of work-welfare policy in both countries has been to provide financial aid, training, and placement services for the unemployed. In order to muster support for these programs, however, work-welfare programs had to incorporate liberal requirements that they not interfere with private market forces, and that they prevent the "undeserving" from obtaining benefits. For King, the attempt to integrate these incompatible functions is the defining feature of British and American policies as well as the cause of their failure.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Work-Welfare in Great Britain and the United States
"A Permanent Club for the Unemployed"? Establishing Labor Exchanges in Great Britain and the United States
"Financial Succour for the Unemployed"? The Institutionalization of British and American Exchanges
"A Cheap Pool of Forced Labor"? Work-Welfare Training Policy
Breaking the "Spider's Web of Dependency": The Pyrrhic Triumph of Modern Work-Welfare
Conclusion: The Politics of Institutions
Comparative
Tables on Work-Welfare
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780226436227
ISBN-10: 0226436225
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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