Neoliberalism, reconfiguration of the Welfare State and unemployment: a comparative study between Portugal and UK

Leading researcher: Patrícia Alves de Matos
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
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Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/69035/2010
Starting date: 01-06-11

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Abstract

The present post-doctoral research is focused on a comparative analysis of the neoliberalizing processes in Portugal and the UK, within the context of state institutions (i.e.job centres) which mediated the relationships between the former and unemployed recipients and claimants. The main goals of the research are the following: 1) to analyse how the economic and political neoliberal project is expressed in the reconfiguration of state welfare functions and it’s governance mechanisms; 2) to specify the social effects of neoliberalization processes in the relationships between citizens and state, as well as in the (re)imagination of the state’s bureaucratical practices and symbolic devices, and, 3) to examine how neoliberal governance contributes to the (re)production of social inequality relationships – particularly those between employed and unemployed citizens. The present ethnographic comparative research between Portugal and the UK aims to show, on the one hand, that neoliberalism is a process which tends to merge global characteristics with contingent aspects emerging from particular cultural and institutional configurations (i.e. the state), and, on the other hand, explore the impact of the above processes on the most proeminent patterns of social inequality within the European Union.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub79*João LealSupervisorproj42*Neoliberalism, reconfiguration of the Welfare State and unemployment: a comparative study between Portugal and UKPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub238*Patrícia Alves de MatosResearch scholarproj42*Neoliberalism, reconfiguration of the Welfare State and unemployment: a comparative study between Portugal and UKPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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