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Rethinking Unemployment and the Work Ethic: Beyond the 'Quasi-Titmuss' Paradigm

A. Dunn

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ISBN 10: 1137032103 / ISBN 13: 9781137032102
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Title: Rethinking Unemployment and the Work Ethic: ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 2014.

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While recent Labour and coalition governments have insisted that many unemployed people prefer state benefits to a job, and have tightened the rules attached to claiming unemployment benefits, mainstream academic research repeatedly concludes that only a tiny minority of unemployed benefit claimants are not strongly committed to employment. Andrew Dunn argues that the discrepancy can be explained by UK social policy academia leaving important questions unanswered. Dunn presents findings from four empirical studies which, in contrast to earlier research, focused on unemployed people's attitudes towards unattractive jobs and included interviews with people in welfare-to-work organisations. All four studies' findings were consistent with the view that many unemployed benefit claimants prefer living on benefits to undertaking jobs which would increase their income, but which they find unattractive. Thus, the studies gave support to politicians' view about the need to tighten benefit rules.

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Andrew Dunn is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Lincoln, UK. He has published articles in high-ranking academic journals, including Work, Employment and Society and Journal of Social Policy. He was awarded the 2010 Social Policy and Administration 'Best Article by an Early Stage Career Researcher' prize.

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