This book aims to tackle the issues that are central to understanding and addressing one of the most important employment policy problems facing governments in the UK and beyond: the high number of people of working age claiming 'disability' or 'incapacity' benefits.
1. Fit for Work? Representations and Explanations of the Disability Benefits 'Crisis' in the UK and Beyond; Colin Lindsay and Donald Houston 2. Disability Benefits in the UK: an Issue of Health or Jobs?; Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill 3. A History of Work-Disability; John Macnicol 4. Are Incapacity Benefit Claimants Beyond Employment? Exploring Issues of Employability; Anne Green and Ian Shuttleworth 5. Redefining 'Fit for Work': Welfare Reform and the Introduction of Employment Support Allowance; Helen Barnes and Paul Sissons 6. A Health Problem? Health and Employability in the UK Labour Market; Jon Warren, Kayleigh Garthwaite and Clare Bambra 7. The Interaction of Health, Labour Market Conditions and Long-Term Sickness Benefit Claims in a Post-Industrial City: A Glasgow Case Study; David Webster, Judith Brown, Ewan B. Macdonald and Ivan Turok 8. The Impact of the UK's Disability Benefit Reforms; Christina Beatty, Steve Fothergill and Donald Houston 9. Germany: Attempting to Activate the Long-Term Unemployed with Reduced Working Capacity; Martin Brussig and Matthias Knuth 10. Incapacity Benefits - Change and Continuity in the Swedish Welfare State; Rickard Ulmestig 11. From Dutch Disease to Dutch Fitness? Two Decades of Disability Crisis in the Netherlands; Rik Van Berkel 12. New Zealand's Reform of Sickness Benefit and Invalid's Benefit; Neil Lunt and Daniel Horsfall 13. Fit for Purpose? Lessons for Policies to Address the Disability Benefits 'Crisis'; Donald Houston and Colin Lindsay