The 'Criminalization' of Social Security Law: Towards a Punitive Welfare State?

26 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2007

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Philip M. Larkin

Brunel University London - Brunel Business School

Abstract

The aim of this article is to place certain recent legislative reforms in the field of social security within the context of the overall development of the welfare state, and examine to what extent a certain trend is discernable: namely, whether eligibility for various welfare benefits is becoming so contingent on socially acceptable behaviour as to make the welfare system less a means for the relief of poverty, its ostensible sole purpose, and more akin to an instrument of education, even punishment, for those who have recourse to social security benefits.

Suggested Citation

Larkin, Philip M., The 'Criminalization' of Social Security Law: Towards a Punitive Welfare State?. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 295-320, September 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1007130 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2007.00394.x

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