The search for an ‘asset-effect’: What do we want from asset-based welfare?

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The search for an ‘asset-effect’ : What do we want from asset-based welfare? / Gregory, James.

In: Critical Social Policy, Vol. 34, No. 4, 01.11.2014, p. 475-494.

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title = "The search for an {\textquoteleft}asset-effect{\textquoteright}: What do we want from asset-based welfare?",
abstract = "This article calls for a critical revaluation of the case for asset-based welfare as a progressive strategy for greater social inclusion. Whilst there is a strong case for helping low-income households to build a financial cushion, the idea that there is a stronger {\textquoteleft}asset-effect{\textquoteright} – with positive benefits beyond financial stability and access to goods and services – is unsupported by current evidence. Recent interpretations of that evidence have tended to claim a unique asset-effect that could in fact be achieved by other means. The idea of an asset-effect is also normatively opaque in the current debate, with little clarity on the deeper issue of the individual behaviours that the {\textquoteleft}effect{\textquoteright} is intended to create. This leaves an ambiguity in the relationship between asset-based welfare and the rights and duties of citizenship; a lacuna that is easily exploited by ideologies of self-sufficiency at the expense of more egalitarian accounts of social inclusion. ",
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