Workfare as welfare: governing unemployment in the advanced liberal state

McDonald, C and Marston, G (2005) Workfare as welfare: governing unemployment in the advanced liberal state. Critical Social Policy, 25 3: 374-401. doi:10.1177/0261018305054077

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Author McDonald, C
Marston, G
Title Workfare as welfare: governing unemployment in the advanced liberal state
Journal name Critical Social Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-0183
Publication date 2005-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0261018305054077
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 374
End page 401
Total pages 28
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject C1
370204 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
750399 Community services not elsewhere classified
1607 Social Work
Formatted abstract
Case management has become a key technology in governing the problem of unemployment in western countries such as Britain, the United States and Australia. In this paper we argue that case management represents a radical localization of governance wherein the rights and responsibilities between unemployed people and the state are articulated primarily in the relationship between the case manager and his or her client. This paper reports on a study undertaken in Australia's Job Network system of employment services. Using a governmental analysis we show how the case management relationship is experienced by case managers and long-term unemployed people in a sample of non-profit and for-profit Job Network agencies in two states of Australia. The research reveals the micro relations of power and authority that are invoked in the everyday politics of welfare reform. We argue that engaging in policy research at a local level of analysis acts as a necessary balance to more macro welfare state comparisons. Working within a 'street-level' approach illuminates how workfare policies and programmes are aligning social relations and identities with new welfare ends and means.
Copyright © 2005 Critical Social Policy Ltd.
Keyword Case management
Employment services
The job network
Social Issues
Social sciences, Interdisciplinary
Q-Index Code C1

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