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.
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.
Perspectives on welfare: ideas, ideologies and policy debates (Buckingham : Open University Press, 2002), xiii, 153 pp,
‘Civic Labour or Doulia? Care, Reciprocity and Welfare’, Social Policy and Society, 6.4 (2007), 481-490,
‘Justifying conditionality: the case of anti-social tenants’, Housing Studies, 19.6 (2004), 911-926,
‘Different Interpretations of Agency Within Welfare Debates’, Social Policy and Society, 3.4 (2004), 447-456,
‘Levelling the playing field, activating the players': New Labour and 'the cycle of disadvantage’, Policy and Politics, 31.2 (2003), 123-137,
‘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,
‘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,