Welfare migration and civic stratification
Britain’s emergent rights regime
in Western capitalism in transition
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This chapter focuses on the integration of the fields of welfare and international migration and proposes a unified framework for analysis. This framework is derived from Lockwood's concept of civic stratification, which facilitates analysis of the relationship between rights and controls. It is also applicable both to the operation of rights internal to citizenship, and to the rights that are granted to non-citizen populations. The chapter addresses contemporary developments in British welfare and immigration policy. It shows how an ever more refined system of civic stratification has been used to constrain the rights of both domestic welfare claimants and international migrants, while setting them against each other. In this process a related political discourse has worked to undermine the moral resources and claims to legitimacy of both groups in the name of a 'moral economy' driven from above by resource constraint, conditionality and control.

Western capitalism in transition

Global processes, local challenges



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