Improving employment and women's well‐being in regeneration programmes

ESCOTT, Karen, TRUEMAN, Myfanwy and BUCKNER, Lisa (2013). Improving employment and women's well‐being in regeneration programmes. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 26 (3), 250-263.

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Purpose – How does women’s labour market disconnection impact on health and well-being? The paper seeks to explain how economic isolation can cause low self esteem for women. Neighbourhood analysis provides the opportunity to explore some of the operational contradictions in public policy and how they are experienced in regeneration areas. Design/methodology/approach – Local dynamics of employment and health are examined in neighbourhoods in two UK cities. The research draws on focus group data involving local women as well as interviews with representatives of statutory and voluntary organisations. Examination of relevant statistical data supports the evidence base on women’s well-being in these regeneration areas. Findings – By analysing labour market characteristics and local women’s experiences, depression and low esteem in relation to low incomes, barriers to employment and discrimination emerge as particularly important aspects of well-being. The paper suggests that policy makers often fail to make the connections between women’s marginalisation from the labour market and the causes of persistently high levels of poor health. Practical implications – Policy implications suggest that public agencies seeking to promote economic sustainability need to consider health issues along with other neighbourhood characteristics as part of a holistic approach to labour market activation. Originality/value – The originality lies in engagement with several areas of public management practice aimed at addressing poverty and improving community well-being. By exploring issues of economic inactivity, employability and ill health among women the findings help inform policies seeking to address problems of worklessness in local neighbourhoods.

Item Type: Article
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Natural and Build Environment
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Page Range: 250-263
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 13:32
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 17:31

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