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Social Policy and Society
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.653
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ISSN (Print) 1474-7464 - ISSN (Online) 1475-3073
Published by Cambridge University Press Homepage  [372 journals]
  • SPS volume 18 issue 1 Cover and Front matter
    • PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000441
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • SPS volume 18 issue 1 Cover and Back matter
    • PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000453
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Which Types of Family are at Risk of Food Poverty in the UK' A
           Relative Deprivation Approach
    • Authors: Rebecca O'Connell; Charlie Owen, Matt Padley, Antonia Simon, Julia Brannen
      Pages: 1 - 18
      Abstract: Not enough is known in the UK about how economic phenomena and policy changes have impacted families’ ability to feed themselves. This article employs a novel way of identifying the types of UK families at risk of food poverty over time. Applying a relative deprivation approach, it asks what counts in the UK as a socially acceptable diet that meets needs for health and social participation and how much this costs. Comparing this to actual food expenditure by different family types, between 2005 and 2013, it identifies which are spending less than expected and may be at risk of food poverty. The analysis finds the proportion has increased over time for most family types and for lone parents and large families in particular. The discussion considers findings in light of changing economic and policy contexts and the implications for policy responses of how food poverty is defined and measured.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000015
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Between Choice and Obligation: An Exploratory Assessment of Forced
           Marriage Problems and Policies among Migrants in the United States
    • Authors: Anthony Marcus; Popy Begum, Laila Alsabahi, Ric Curtis
      Pages: 19 - 36
      Abstract: Recently, in the United States (US) there has been increasing interest in and advocacy for developing research and policies that identify and address what has, in the European context, been called child and forced marriage, in which migrant parents, typically from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) impose marital choices on their Western-raised children, through coercion, psychological pressure, or the threat of violence. Despite widespread international concern, there remains little research-based empirical knowledge about the problem in the United States. Drawing on interviews with 100 City University of New York students from MENASA families, this study documents significant intergenerational conflict over honour, sexuality, and marital choice and suggests a high likelihood that coercive marital situations are present in the US. However, the different socio-political environment encountered by migrant families in the US may not effectively accommodate European style anti-forced marriage policy constructions and criminal justice responses.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746417000422
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Financial Inclusion: A Tale of Two Literatures
    • Authors: Rajiv Prabhakar
      Pages: 37 - 50
      Abstract: Financial inclusion has arisen as an important social policy agenda over the past twenty years. A scholarly literature has emerged that is very critical of financial inclusion, seeing it as part of the financialisation of the everyday. Often, this theoretical literature makes little reference to how financial inclusion was developing in practice. Conversely, much of the policy literature does not refer to theoretical controversies about financial inclusion. The result is that the theoretical and policy literatures are developing in isolation from one another. This article suggests that it would be much better if there were greater mixing between these different literatures. The scholarly literature can inform the direction of policy and the applied literature can develop more nuanced versions of financialisation.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000039
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Manufacturing Responsibility: The Governmentality of Behavioural Power in
           Social Policies
    • Authors: Rik Peeters
      Pages: 51 - 65
      Abstract: Responsibilisation is commonly associated with a neoliberal transfer of responsibilities from state to social actors. However, it also covers the construction of responsibility where it does not exist yet – where citizens need socialisation to manufacture responsibility so they become economically and socially active, healthy, and productive subjects. This article aims to bring more conceptual clarity in these practices. Based on an analysis of literature on contemporary welfare state policies, three different techniques are discerned: reciprocal governance in welfare state services; training and treatment of vulnerable citizens through support and structure; and choice engineering by working upon the unconscious and psychological triggers underlying decision making. These techniques of behavioural power seek responsibilisation by working upon people's understanding of responsibility as a moral imperative and upon the rational or psychological mechanisms that constitute the choices they make and the attitudes they have.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S147474641700046X
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Understanding the Prevalence and Drivers of Food Bank Use: Evidence from
           Deprived Communities in Glasgow
    • Authors: Mary Anne MacLeod; Angela Curl, Ade Kearns
      Pages: 67 - 86
      Abstract: This article provides quantitative analysis of a self-reported measure of food bank use in the UK, adding to a sparse evidence base. Evidence from fifteen deprived communities in Glasgow is used to examine the scale of food bank use and to consider its relationship with socio-demographic, health, and financial variables. Being affected by welfare reforms was found to increase the likelihood of food bank use. Young men and those with mental health problems were found to be more likely than others to have used a food bank. Food banks appear to be used by groups who are being under-served by the welfare state and suffering the most acute impacts of austerity. The very low prevalence of food bank use among those who struggle to afford food points to their inadequacy as a response to food insecurity.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000064
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Introduction: European Social Policy and Society after Brexit:
           Neoliberalism, Populism, and Social Quality
    • Authors: Steve Corbett; Alan Walker
      Pages: 87 - 91
      Abstract: The narrow referendum decision for British exit from the European Union (Brexit), and its explosive political consequences, has become a lens through which decades-long tensions in European society can be viewed. The result, which was expected to be a clear Remain victory, has been interpreted as various combinations of: the unleashing of xenophobic and racist anti-immigrant sentiment; a kick back against disinterested elites by ‘left behind’ people; the fermenting of nationalist populism by political and media actors; a clash of cultural values; a rejection of ‘market is all’ globalisation in favour of national borders; or as a reaction against austerity, inequality and insecurity (Corbett, 2016; Goodwin and Heath, 2016; Hobolt, 2016; Inglehart and Norris, 2016; Kaufmann, 2016; Pettifor, 2016; Room, 2016; Seidler, 2018; Taylor-Gooby, 2017). This British-made shock has parallels in and consequences for wider European society. In the Referendum, the EU became an emblematic representation of the distrusted, remote, technocratic elites, who are said to be responsible for an unbelievably large number of societal ills. Meanwhile across Europe there are varieties of Eurosceptic populism and distrust of elites on both the right and left (Ivaldi et al., 2017).
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000362
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Between Neoliberalism and Nationalist Populism: What Role for the
    • Authors: Steve Corbett; Alan Walker
      Pages: 93 - 106
      Abstract: This article investigates the idea of ‘the social’ in Europe after the UK's EU Referendum vote, with reference to the ‘European social model’. It is argued that the key drivers of the vote outcome did not feature in the referendum campaign but are features of longer running and deeper fractures in both British and wider European society. Especially, the lack of response to societal problems, the downplaying of individual participation, and a crisis in democracy created by an increasingly neoliberal direction within an EU concerned with austerity and social control, contrary to the values of the ‘European social model’ (Walker, 2005). In the absence of action for better ‘social quality’, this overall neoliberal direction has also weakened the progressive and integrative potential of social policy. The result is the regressive nationalist populist backlash against neoliberal technocracy. Instead, we argue that answers to contemporary European challenges must focus on improving social quality and democracy.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000349
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • The Implications of the Departure of the UK for EU Social Policy
    • Authors: Mary Daly
      Pages: 107 - 117
      Abstract: This article considers the significance of the UK departure for EU social policy from the perspective of the economic orientation of policy, institutional configuration and associated political agency. The analysis first focuses on the role the UK has played since it joined in 1973, highlighting the UK's strong support for the EU as a market project with a secondary role for social policy. It can as a consequence claim some success in imprinting its (neo)liberal orientation on EU policy while at the same time securing favourable terms for its own selective engagement with EU policy. The signals regarding EU social policy's future after the UK departs are very mixed. While there are some signs of a more social impulse in policy, the strong ties to a market approach, lack of consensus around the need for a different type of EU social policy engagement and institutional and political hierarchies constrain change.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000374
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Understanding the Crisis Symptoms of Representative Democracy: The New
           European Economic Governance and France's ‘Political Crisis’
    • Authors: Julia Lux
      Pages: 119 - 131
      Abstract: This article will investigate the ‘political crisis’ in France (Amable, 2017) to highlight two aspects often set aside in public and academic discussions: 1) the technocratic, neoliberal character of the European Union (EU) that limits democratic debate about political economic issues and 2) the socio-economic context the parties operate in. Using this perspective, I add to the debate on the inherent theoretical/conceptual tension between representative democracy and populism (Taggart, 2002) by showing how the ‘new economic governance’ increases the democratic problems of the EU by limiting the discursive space. Representative liberal democracy has particularly marginalised anti-capitalism at EU and national level. My analysis shows that the EU's discursive strategies are aligned to those of governing parties and the employers’ association. Left-wing actors and the Front National (FN) oppose the EU's discourse not necessarily for reasons of sovereignty but for political reasons concerning the politico-economic trajectory of France.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000386
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Denmark: The Rise of Fascism and the Decline of the Nordic Model
    • Authors: Jasna Balorda
      Pages: 133 - 145
      Abstract: Contrary to its conventional image as a social-democratic paragon, the Danish welfare state has, in recent decades, been undergoing significant changes as a response to the intrusion into the social sphere by self-regulating markets and a final departure from Keynesian politics of universalism and solidarity. This article examines the evident decline of the Nordic model as a result of neoliberal globalisation and establishes an association between the erosion of the welfare state and the emergence of fascist political sentiment in Denmark. An analysis of the Danish People's party and its growing public support among the disenfranchised working class communities in Denmark demonstrates how those overlooked by the free market and unrepresented by the liberal left become increasingly more receptive to the proposed social agendas of the far right campaigns.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000416
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Social Movements, Brexit and Social Policy
    • Authors: Armine Ishkanian
      Pages: 147 - 159
      Abstract: In this article, I examine the relationship between social movements, Brexit and social policy and consider how political and socio-economic developments since the 2008 financial crisis helped create a fertile ground for Brexit. I query the assumption that Brexit was simply a result of those left behind by globalisation and instead explore why and how actors from across the ideological spectrum supported Brexit and examine the sources of discontent which created the conditions from which Brexit emerged. To understand the relationship, role and impact of social movements and, more widely, civil society on social policy, I argue that it is important to critically examine how diverse actors within civil society are campaigning for the recognition of unmet needs and challenging systems of redistribution and the ways in which they interact and engage with governance institutions and policy processes.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000404
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • The Post-Brexit Declaration on Social Quality in Europe
    • Authors: Alan Walker; Steve Corbett
      Pages: 161 - 167
      Abstract: Twenty years ago, at a public ceremony in Amsterdam, a group of European academics made a solemn declaration on the future of the European Union (EU). Eventually over 1000 scholars and policy makers signed the Amsterdam Declaration on the Social Quality of Europe and it was translated into sixteen languages. The main intention behind the declaration was to remind policy makers and citizens about the unique nature of the western European model of development, comprising aspirations for economic growth, competitiveness and social justice. The risk being warned against was that, in the process of Economic and Monetary Union, the politics of integration would neglect what was then labelled the ‘social dimension’ and, among other far-reaching consequences, this would lead to a loss of legitimacy for the whole European project. As the Comité des Sages put it, bluntly, in 1996, ‘Europe will be a Europe for everyone, for all its citizens, or it will be nothing’.
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000350
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
  • Some Useful Sources
    • Authors: Steve Corbett
      Pages: 169 - 170
      PubDate: 2019-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000337
      Issue No: Vol. 18, No. 1 (2019)
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