This chapter explores how the human social right to a minimum means of subsistence is being deployed as an instrument for governing the work behaviour of welfare recipients and whether deployment of this right creates an active self-responsible worker mentality, as presupposed by EU social policies. For this purpose, the chapter draws on two empirical case studies on labour activation programmes for benefit recipients conducted in the Netherlands. Using Foucauldian power analytics, it is concluded that, depending on the nature of the sanctioning system, the technology of human social rights produced either subjects who primarily played the role of an active worker, or subjects who primarily acted as an active worker in the labour activation programmes, instead of behaving as an active, forward-looking worker, seeking to transfer to a regular job.
|Title of host publication||Law, labour and the humanities|
|Editors||Tiziano Toracca, Angela Condello|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2019|
|Name||Discourses of Law|