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Call for papers: Welfare conditionality

Welfare Conditionality welcomes proposals for papers from those working within and beyond the social sciences on any aspects of welfare conditionality and associated debates for an international conference, Welfare Conditionality: Principles, Practices and Perspectives, to be held at the University of York on 26-28 June 2018.

Welfare conditionality makes access to collective public welfare benefits and services contingent on prescribed types of responsible behaviour. Linking social welfare rights to specified individual responsibilities and behavioural requirements is an established part of policy and practice in many welfare states across the globe at local, regional and national levels.

Now embedded across a broad range of policy areas (including social security benefits, housing and homelessness policy, family intervention projects and criminal justice and migration policy), issues related to the implementation, effectiveness and ethicality of welfare conditionality require further debate and critical consideration.

The ESRC-funded Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions Support and Behaviour Change project is pleased to announce a major international conference on welfare conditionality. It will be of interest to a broad range of academics, policymakers and practitioners with interests in welfare conditionality and its role as part of wider ongoing welfare state reforms.

We welcome proposals for papers from those working within and beyond the social sciences on any aspects of welfare conditionality and associated debates in relation to issues such as (in alphabetical order):

  • Activation /active labour market policies
  • Behaviour change
  • Citizenship
  • Comparative and international perspectives on welfare conditionality
  • Conditional cash transfers
  • Conduct and welfare governance
  • Diversity and difference (including age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation etc.)
  • Effectiveness of welfare conditionality in promoting paid employment
  • Ethics of welfare conditionality
  • Family intervention policies
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Impacts of welfare conditionality on welfare service users
  • Interactions between criminal justice and social welfare interventions
  • Migration and conditionality
  • Sanctions and support within welfare systems
  • Specific local or national case studies of conditionality
  • Social policy and behaviourism
  • Social security
  • Socio-legal issues and welfare conditionality
  • Street level implementation of welfare conditionality
  • Welfare rights and responsibilities
  • Welfare to work

Papers may be theoretical or empirical in orientation and content and we welcome contributions to the conference from people at all stages of their career including PhD students.

Please send your name, title, abstract (maximum 300 words) and details of your institutional affiliation to info@welfareconditionality.ac.uk. Deadline 31 January 2018.

For further information about the conference please see the conference page.

Feel free to contact Welfare Conditionality with any further queries.




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