Welfare-to-Work: New Labour And The US Experience

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There has been a major transformation in labour market policy in the United Kingdom since the mid 1990s. The obligation of unemployed people to actively seek employment has been strengthened and the receipt of social security benefit has been tied to participation in active job search and job placement programmes. The experience of the United States in experimenting with and implementing welfare to work programmes, dating back to the early 1980s, has been pivotal in shaping labour market and welfare reform programmes in the UK. In this timely work the authors track the influence of US ideology and experience on New Labour's reforms. They present the results of their pioneering examination of over fifty policy experiments in the US, checking whether the correct lessons were learned. An interview-based study of what British policy makers actually used from US experience builds upon this analysis and the book draws US and UK experiences together to understand what kind of programmes work most effectively for which groups. Welfare to Work offers readers a unique combination of policy evaluation and the analysis of policy making.

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Andreas Cebulla is Research Director for the National Centre for Social Research, in London, UK. Karl Ashworth is Principal Methodologist at the Office for National Statistics in Newport, UK. David Greenberg is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA. Robert Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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