Welfare-to-work: New labour and the us experience

Andreas Cebulla, Karl Ashworth, David Greenberg, Robert Walker

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There has been a major transformation in labour market policy in the United Kingdom since the mid 1990s. The obligation of unemployed people to actively seek employment has been strengthened and the receipt of social security benefit has been tied to participation in active job search and job placement programmes. The experience of the United States in experimenting with and implementing welfare to work programmes, dating back to the early 1980s, has been pivotal in shaping labour market and welfare reform programmes in the UK. In this timely work the authors track the influence of US ideology and experience on New Labour's reforms. They present the results of their pioneering examination of over fifty policy experiments in the US, checking whether the correct lessons were learned. An interview-based study of what British policy makers actually used from US experience builds upon this analysis and the book draws US and UK experiences together to understand what kind of programmes work most effectively for which groups. Welfare-to-Work offers readers a unique combination of policy evaluation and the analysis of policy making.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages165
ISBN (Electronic)9781351143158
ISBN (Print)9780815398974
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • labour market policy
  • social security benefit
  • New Labour


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