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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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Citizenship, conduct and conditionality: sanction and support in the 21st-century UK welfare state

Citizenship, conduct and conditionality: sanction and support in the 21st-century UK welfare state

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(p.41) Three Citizenship, conduct and conditionality: sanction and support in the 21st-century UK welfare state
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Social Policy Review 28
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Peter Dwyer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.003.0003

This chapter shows how the evil giant of ‘idleness’ has returned in the political debate, but with new features. In the current age, the welfare state is no longer considered as a solution for idleness, it is also assumed to cause idleness. This chapter shows how T.H. Marshall’s notion of social citizenship in which largely unconditional, de-commodified social rights have been replaced by a system of behavioural conditions and sanctions in different domains of the welfare state. The main focus of this paper is on conditionality in social security benefits, housing and homelessness. The chapter shows an intriguing picture of how the twenty-first century welfare state is concerned with regulating individual behaviour.

Keywords:   welfare state, sanctions, conditionality, individual behaviour, social rights

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