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Disabled people, the reserve army of labour and welfare reform

Grover, Chris and Piggott, Linda A. (2005) Disabled people, the reserve army of labour and welfare reform. Disability & Society, 20 (7). pp. 705-717. ISSN 1360-0508

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with explaining why in contemporary society there has been a number of changes to income maintenance and labour market policy for disabled people. Taking a regulation approach theoretical framework it engages with the debate about whether disabled people can be considered to be part of the reserve army of labour. Rejecting previous broad-brush approaches that seem to suggest that all disabled people are part of the reserve army, it argues that the policy changes have been aimed at reconstructing non-employed disabled people as an important part of the reserve army in a period when labour markets are becoming tighter. In this sense disabled people are crucial to New Labour's regulation of neo-liberal accumulation that is structured through a contradiction between economic stability and increasing participation in paid employment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Disability & Society
Additional Information: 50% contribution RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 3265
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 09:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3265

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