The book argues that profound differences in local labour market conditions have exerted a telling influence on the New Deal s achievements. It proposes that contemporary labour market policy should not only be based on theories and models of the national economy and of individual behaviour, but that policy design also needs to recognise the importance of the local and regional labour market contexts which shape its viability and outcomes. By situating policy in this way, the book not only examines how workfare has been put in place in the UK, but also puts place into workfare.
List of Tables ix
List of Figures xi
1 Locating the New Deal 1
2 The Geographies of Worklessness 26
3 Local Disparities in the Performance of Welfare–to–Work 59
4 Welfare–to–Work in Local Context 99
5 A Geography of Mismatch? Employers, Jobs and Training 127
6 Localising Welfare–to–Work? 155
7 Conclusions 183
"Putting Workfare in Place is a diligently researched and empirically rich account of the significant changes to Britain s work–welfare regime. Policymakers need to be aware of how institutional spaces and labour market conditions interact to produce local knowledges and Sunley, Martin and Nativel provide us with compelling evidence to question national assumptions of socio–economic development."
Martin Jones, Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
"This book lays out a thoughtful assessment of the UK′s New Deal program and the extent to which its underlying theory and ideology adequately reflect the geographies of unemployment. The authors do a masterful job, and policymakers, academics, policy advisers, and politicians will find this book both compelling and considered."
Amy Glasmeier, E Willard Miller Professor of Economic Geography, The Pennsylvania State University
"A thought–provoking book, raising important questions about the impact of geography not only in shaping labour markets but also in conditioning the success of workfare policies An inspiration for further research into the local dimensions of worklessness."Michelle Baddeley, University of Cambridge