A 'New Politics' of Austerity, Workfare and Gender? The UK Coalition Government's Welfare Reform Proposals

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Abstract

This paper considers the UK coalition government’s austerity drive, which attempts to garner public support for the reduction or withdrawal of welfare entitlements through appeals to frugality, self-sufficiency and fiscal prudence. In particular, the paper considers the recasting of the former Labour government’s work incentives and welfare disincentives amidst mounting pressures on public expenditure. The reorientation of state assistance towards work, coupled with the proposed simplification of working-age benefits and tax credits is argued to present a particular challenge to the financial security and autonomy of women, signalling the end of the process of modernising the welfare system that was forged around the single earner family model in the period of post-war austerity.
Translated title of the contributionA 'New Politics' of Austerity, Workfare and Gender? The UK Coalition Government's Welfare Reform Proposals
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-302
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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