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In The Name of LiberalismIlliberal Social Policy in the USA and Britain$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296290.001.0001

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‘Aroused Like One from Sleep’: From New Poor Law to Contractual Workfare

‘Aroused Like One from Sleep’: From New Poor Law to Contractual Workfare

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(p.226) 7 ‘Aroused Like One from Sleep’: From New Poor Law to Contractual Workfare
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In The Name of Liberalism
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198296290.003.0011

Uses historical and contemporary evidence to demonstrate how British government policies toward the unemployed have increasingly come to rest on the notion of duties and obligations arising from a commitment to liberal contractualism. King explores 150 years of welfare policy, beginning with the 1834 New Poor Law and ending with modern Labour workfare schemes of the late 1990s. He argues that more contemporary versions of workfare—although sharing affinities with previous programmes—signal a sharp break from the past by establishing conditions and enforcing sanctions on individuals who fail to comply with policy requirements.

Keywords:   Britain, contractualism, duties, Labour, New Poor Law, obligations, sanctions, welfare, workfare

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