Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Professor Alan Deacon

Emeritus Professor of Social Policy

Alan is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and received a Special Recognition Award from the Social Policy Association in 2012.

Research Interests

In recent years, the focus of Alan’s work has been upon the current debates about the future direction of welfare reform in Britain and the United States. His last book, Perspectives on Welfare (2002) examined the assumptions about human nature and motivation that underpin these debates, and he has subsequently extended this analysis to the Conservative-led Coalition in the UK.

Key Publications


  • Deacon AJ, Perspectives on welfare: ideas, ideologies and policy debates (Buckingham : Open University Press, 2002), xiii, 153 pp

Journal articles

  • Deacon AJ, ‘Civic Labour or Doulia? Care, Reciprocity and Welfare’, Social Policy and Society, 6.4 (2007), 481-490
    DOI: 10.1017/S147474640700382X

  • Deacon AJ, ‘Justifying conditionality: the case of anti-social tenants’, Housing Studies, 19.6 (2004), 911-926
    DOI: 10.1080/0267303042000293008

  • Deacon AJ, ‘Different Interpretations of Agency Within Welfare Debates’, Social Policy and Society, 3.4 (2004), 447-456
    DOI: 10.1017/S147474640400209X

  • Deacon AJ, ‘Levelling the playing field, activating the players': New Labour and 'the cycle of disadvantage’, Policy and Politics, 31.2 (2003), 123-137
    DOI: 10.1332/030557303765371636


  • Deacon AJ, Patrick R, ‘A New Welfare Settlement? The Coalition Government and Welfare to Work’, in The Conservative Party and Social Policy, ed. by Bochel HM (Policy Press, 2011), 161-180

  • Deacon AJ, ‘An Ethic of Mutual Responsibility? Toward A Fuller Justification for Conditionality in Welfare’, in Welfare Reform and Political Theory, ed. by Mead LM and Beem C (Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2005), 127-150

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