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Welfare to WorkConditional Rights in Social Policy$
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Amir Paz-Fuchs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237418.001.0001

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Welfare-to-Work Programmes Under the Poor Laws

Welfare-to-Work Programmes Under the Poor Laws

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Welfare to Work

Amir Paz-Fuchs

Oxford University Press

Contemporary programmes are replete with themes and rationales that are similar to those of the Poor Law era. For this reason, the socio-legal history of the poor laws provides an introduction to the institutions, themes, and rationales of welfare-to-work, descendants of which may be detected today. This chapter argues that at different points in time (and sometimes simultaneously), four different rationales can be detected in Poor Law programmes: deterrence, economics, morality, and quid-pro-quo. These rationales are all realized through the same common goal: that of conditionality. And yet, each rationale derives from a distinct vision of the relationship between the individual and the state and thus has a different impact on the emphasis of welfare programmes.

Keywords:   legal history, unemployed, deterrence, economic rationales, morality of welfare, quid-pro-quo, conditionality

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