The Future of Welfare to Work

01/27/2020

11:00 - 17:30

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Future of Welfare to Work

Ruth Patrick (Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work, University of York) ; Gijsbert Vonk (Professor of Social Security Law, University of Groningen) ; Erin Hatton (Associate Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo) ; Amir Paz-Fuchs (Professor of Law and Social Justice) ; Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen and Josien Arts (Assistant Professor of Social Law, VU University Amsterdam; Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Humanistic Studies; and Sociologist at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research)

anja.eleveld@vu.nl 

Faculty of Law

Law

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

What is problematic about welfare to work and what are realistic and just alternatives?  Social lawyers and sociologists will discuss these questions in an interdisciplinary symposium on the future of welfare to work. Contributions in the first part of the symposium take the lived experiences of welfare to work as a starting point for thinking about potential systemic reforms. Contributions in the second part address the question whether welfare to work can be classified as forced work. The last part of the symposium is the book launch of  ‘Welfare to work in Contemporary European Welfare States’. The editors will present its main conclusions, including an alternative design for current welfare to work legislation. The symposium will be moderated by Klara Boonstra, professor of International Labour Law at the VU University Amsterdam and Director of the Scientific Foundation for Social Democracy (Wiarda Beckman Stichting).

Programme  

11.00  Opening and Welcome by Anja Eleveld 

11.15  Ruth Patrick (Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work, University of York) ‘Exploring the Gulf Between Policy Narratives on Welfare Reform and Lived Experiences in the UK’ 

11.45 Gijsbert Vonk (Professor of Social Security Law, University of Groningen) ‘Why Social Assistance is Bound to fail: the Problematic Character of the Rationale of Social Assistance and the Merits of an Alternative Approach’ 

12.15 Ruth Patrick and Gijsbert Vonk react on each other, followed by a plenary discussion  

13.00 Lunch 

13.45: Erin Hatton (Associate Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo)  ‘Labour Coercion and Welfare to Work’ 

14.15: Amir Paz-Fuchs (Professor of Law and Social Justice) reacts and plenary discussion  

15.00 Coffee break 

15.15 Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen and Josien Arts (Assistant Professor of Social Law, VU University Amsterdam; Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Humanistic Studies; and Sociologist at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research) Book launch: Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare States. Legal, Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Domination, Bristol: Policy Press.  

15.45: Ruth Patrick, Gijsbert Vonk and Erin Hatton share their thoughts on the book  16.15: Plenary discussion  

17.00: Discuss Future Research Collaborations 

17.30: Close

If you want to attend this symposium, please send an email to anja.eleveld@vu.nl