Importing workfare: policy transfer of social and labour market policies from the USA to Britain under New Labour

Daguerre, Anne (2004) Importing workfare: policy transfer of social and labour market policies from the USA to Britain under New Labour. Social Policy and Administration, 38 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 0144-5596

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2004.00375.x

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Abstract

Britain's New Labour government has put welfare reform at the top of its political agenda. It has followed a radical “workfare” agenda in relation to labour and social market policies and no longer aims to secure full employment mainly through direct job creation or Keynesian demand management. Instead, it promotes equal opportunity for all based on a contract between benefits claimants and the employment service. The New Deal is at the heart of British activation programmes for the unemployed. American policy paradigms have influenced the design of the New Deal. Policy transfer in activation policies from the USA to Britain is due to institutional similarities in British and American welfare states on the one hand, and to the comparable structure of their labour markets on the other hand. The influence of the European social model on British labour market policies thus remains limited.

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This and output 3 based on research funded by a British Academy, Senior Research Grant and n International Senior Scholar Travel Grant from the American Political Science Association.

Research Areas:Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
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