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Enabling and disabling: disability in the British and Dutch construction sectors

Clarke, Linda and van der Meer, Marc and Bingham, Cecilie and Michielsens, Elisabeth and Miller, Sue (2009) Enabling and disabling: disability in the British and Dutch construction sectors. Construction Management and Economics, 27 (6). pp. 555-566. ISSN 0144-6193

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190902977445


Though the British and Dutch approaches to disability in the construction sector exhibit common features, Britain tends towards a capabilities model compared with the Netherlands which is closer to a social model. The construction sector is considerably more regulated in the Netherlands but is in both countries highly disabling and exclusive. Sector-specific disabling and enabling factors and policy measures were investigated in the two countries with a view to identifying which policies might facilitate labour market participation. The investigation was based on interviews using similar questionnaires with key stakeholders, firms and disabled employees and a focus group. Policy in each country addresses the nature of exclusion in different ways. The conclusion drawn is that a sector-specific approach is needed if disability policy in Britain is to be more in tune with the social modelas apparent from the comparison with the Netherlands.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:7656
Deposited On:08 Mar 2010 12:44
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