Welfare, work, and the conditions of social solidarity: British campaigns to defend healthcare and social security

Coderre-LaPalme, Genevieve, Greer, Ian and Schulte, Lisa (2021) Welfare, work, and the conditions of social solidarity: British campaigns to defend healthcare and social security. Work, Employment and Society . ISSN 0950-0170 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/09500170211031454)

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When the welfare state is under attack from neoliberal reformers, how can trade unionists and other campaigners build solidarity to defend it? Based on 45 qualitative interviews, this article compares campaigns to defend British health services and social security benefits between 2007 and 2016. Building on the macro-insights of comparative welfare-state literature and the more micro-level insights of studies on mobilisation, community unionism, and union strategy, we examine the effects of welfare-state architectures on the building of solidarity. We find that building solidarity is more difficult when defending targeted benefits than universal ones, not only because of differences in public opinion and political support for services, but also because the labour process associated with targeting benefits, namely the assessing and sanctioning of clients, can generate conflicts among campaigners.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 32245
Notes on copyright: Coderre-LaPalme G, Greer I, Schulte L. Welfare, Work and the Conditions of Social Solidarity: British Campaigns to Defend Healthcare and Social Security. Work, Employment and Society. August 2021. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/09500170211031454
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Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 15:23
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:40
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32245

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