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Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies

Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment?

Benefit Sanctions in the UK

Authors: Adler, Michael

  • Offers a critical analysis of benefit sanctions in the UK, situated within a broader context, and including a balanced look at the evidence for and against
  • Argues that their effectiveness is unproven, they cause unnecessary hardship, they are inconsistent with justice and they violate the rule of law
  • Uses benefit sanctions  to throw light on issues like proportionality and the problems of punishment when it is imposed by administrators in bureaucratic settings rather than by the judiciary in the courts
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About this book

The book subjects the largely hidden phenomenon of benefit sanctions in the UK to sustained examination and critique. It comprises twelve chapters dealing with the terms ‘cruel’, ‘inhuman’ and ‘degrading’ that are used as a benchmark for assessing benefit sanctions; benefit sanctions as a matter of public concern; the historical development of benefit sanctions in the UK; changes in the scope and severity of benefit sanctions; conditionality and the changing relationship between the citizen and the state; the impact and effectiveness of benefit sanctions; benefit sanctions and administrative justice; the role of law in protecting the right to a social minimum; a comparison of benefit sanctions with court fines; benefit sanctions and the rule of law; and what, if anything, can be done about benefit sanctions. Each chapter ends with a paragraph that attempts to highlight the most salient points in that chapter, and the book ends with a short conclusion in which benefit sanctions are assessed against the chosen benchmark.

About the authors

Michael Adler is Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Editor of the European Journal of Social Security.  His research has focused on the interface between public law and social policy, in particular on the nature of administrative justice, the resolution of administrative grievances and the effectiveness of different mechanisms of dispute resolution.  He is the author of two books (Parental Choice and Social Policy (Edinburgh University Press, 1989) and Discourse, Power and Justice (Routledge, 1994) and the editor of five more, most recently of Administrative Justice in Context (Hart Publishing, 2010) as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Reviews

“Adler’s very thorough, very readable study is extremely important because he finds, collates and interprets the evidence to produce compelling reasons to support his conclusion that benefits sanctions are cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. … Adler’s study will help those who want to make that argument about the deficiencies of benefit sanctions, as well as promoting the cause of evidence-based policy-making.” (Brian Thompson, UKAJI, ukaji.org, October, 2018)

“This well-evidenced, well-argued, and comprehensive book offers precisely the kind of evaluation of benefit sanctions that was required. Ministers, shadow ministers, members of parliament, civil servants, and anyone interested in the UK’s benefits system, should read it.” (Citizen’s Income newsletter, Issue (04), 2018)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Adler, Michael

    Pages 1-7

  • Benefit Sanctions as a Matter of Public Concern

    Adler, Michael

    Pages 9-19

  • The Historical Development of Benefit Sanctions in the UK

    Adler, Michael

    Pages 21-44

  • Changes in the Scope, Severity and Incidence of Benefit Sanctions

    Adler, Michael

    Pages 45-61

  • Conditionality and the Changing Relationship between the Citizen and the State

    Adler, Michael

    Pages 63-72

Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90356-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90355-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment?
Book Subtitle
Benefit Sanctions in the UK
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90356-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90356-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90355-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 171
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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