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Personalised conditionality: observations on active proletarianisation in late modern Britain

Grover, Christopher (2012) Personalised conditionality: observations on active proletarianisation in late modern Britain. Capital & Class, 36 (2). pp. 283-301. ISSN 0309-8168

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Abstract

This paper examines the development of the idea ‘personalised conditionality’ in social security policy in Britain through the report, Realising Potential, commissioned by the last of the 1997-2010 Labour governments and the documents and policies of the coalition government formed after the 2010 general election. Using the idea of active proletarianisation from Offe (1984), the paper argues that ‘personalised conditionality’ is part of a long and ignoble policy tradition that has criminalised workless people and held them responsible for their lack of work as a means of discouraging worklessness and forms of subsistence outside of paid work. The tensions in such a policy are discussed and it is concluded that the consequence of ‘personalised conditionality’ may be to detach increasing numbers of people from labour markets, rather than active proletarianisation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Capital & Class
Uncontrolled Keywords: active proletarianisation ; coalition government ; conditionality ; personalisation ; Realising Potential
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 59036
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 14:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2012 16:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59036

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