Welfare reform, Jobcentre Plus and the street-level bureaucracy : towards inconsistent and discriminatory welfare for severely disadvantaged groups?

FLETCHER, Del (2011). Welfare reform, Jobcentre Plus and the street-level bureaucracy : towards inconsistent and discriminatory welfare for severely disadvantaged groups? Social Policy and Society, 10 (04), 445-458.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746411000200
Link to published version:: 10.1017/S1474746411000200

Abstract

A defining feature of UK welfare reform has been concerted moves towards greater conditionality and sanctioning which has stimulated much academic debate. However, few policy articles have sought to examine how welfare reforms are actually implemented. Lipsky (1980) has shown that the intentions of policy makers may be frustrated by the behaviour of public service workers operating in a ‘corrupted world of service’. This article draws upon the findings of the evaluation of the Jobseekers Mandatory Activity to discuss how key welfare reforms are likely to be implemented. It argues that that discretion remains a significant feature of front-line practice with potentially profound implications for severely disadvantaged groups.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746411000200
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 10:04
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 10:04
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4585

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