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The rise of surveillance and sanctions in the reformed welfare state
Among numerous innovations and changes, welfare reform in western countries has recently revitalized welfare control, defined as the institutional arrangements and practices aimed at checking that recipients comply with the rules of welfare benefits. Why did this revival of control occur? How has welfare fraud been constructed and promoted as a public problem? How has a bureaucratic routine been raised to the status of a political and policy issue? How is control organized and implemented? What are its impacts on the lives of the recipients? By addressing these questions, my research provides an original contribution to the analysis of the new balance between politics, economics and morals that define the contemporary social state. It shows how legal regulation, financial constraints, surveillance technologies and direct interactions between bureaucrats and clients intertwine in the new government of the underprivileged. This talk will present some of the results of a forthcoming book based on empirical research on the French case.

Speaker: Prof Vincent Dubois, University of Strasbourg, Institute for Political Studies.

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Feb 25, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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