Individual Responsibility and Welfare Contractualism

Peter Vincent-Jones
Publication date: 
Fri, 28 Aug 2009

Jobseekers Agreements are just one type of behaviour management contract. Other contemporary examples include home-school agreements, youth offender contracts, and parenting contracts. 

The prevailing economic recession is leading to widening social inequalities and increasing the potential for unfairness in the formation and implementation of welfare contracts. 
If the state cannot guarantee fairness and reciprocity in Jobseeker’s Agreements, together with minimum levels of social inclusion and equality, the pretence of ‘contract’ in current welfare policy should be abandoned.