This chapter scrutinizes the UK coalition government’s welfare-to-work reforms between 2010 and 2015. The coalition shared with its New Labour predecessor a concern with using active labour market policies to tackle long-term unemployment. However, it took a distinctly more punitive approach when it came to ‘making work pay’, based upon an unpalatable distinction between so-called ‘strivers’ and ‘shirkers’ designed to demonize those not in paid work. The performance of the coalition’s Work Programme was notably poor. By accentuating labour commodification, the coalition’s welfare-to-work reforms helped to reproduce and normalize a precarious, low-wage labour market.
|Title of host publication||Employment relations under coalition government|
|Subtitle of host publication||The UK experience, 2010-2015|
|Editors||Steve Williams, Peter Scott|
|Place of Publication||London and New York|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2016|
|Name||Routledge Research in Employment Relations|