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 and Society, 20 (7). pp. 705-717. ISSN 0968-7599

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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.

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Disability and Society
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