Dean, Hartley

Professor Hartley Dean  


Position held

Professor of Social Policy


Experience keywords:

discourses of welfare; poverty, human need and social justice; the survival strategies of marginalised social groups; welfare rights and citizenship

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Professor Dean, who has a professional background in welfare rights/advice work, is an expert on individual rights to social security and other kinds of welfare provision, including rights of appeal or complaint. His academic research has drawn primarily upon qualitative methods. His recent work has extended, on the one hand, to the investigation of people's everyday experiences of poverty, social exclusion and welfare intervention, and on the other to the ways in which people's understanding of human needs and social rights are socially and discursively constructed. While his empirical work has been UK focused, in much of his writing he has engaged with welfare rights issues in a broader global context. Professor Dean was formerly Co-Editor of the Journal of Social Policy.

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6184

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Dean, Hartley (2016) Divisions of labour and work In: Platt, Lucinda and Dean, Hartley, (eds.) Social Advantage and Disadvantage. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 179-200. ISBN 9780198737070

Dean, Hartley (2016) Poverty and social exclusion In: Platt, Lucinda and Dean, Hartley, (eds.) Social Advantage and Disadvantage. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 3-24. ISBN 9780198737070

Dean, Hartley and Platt, Lucinda, eds (2016) Social advantage and disadvantage Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198737070

Dean, Hartley (2016) Poverty and social inclusion: towards a 'life-first’ understanding? CROP poverty brief series, 34. CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty), Bergen, Norway.

Dean, Hartley (2016) Eudaimonia and ‘species being’: a Marxist perspective In: Vittersø, Joar, (ed.) Handbook of Eudaimonic Well-Being. International handbooks of quality-of-life. Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, 507-520. ISBN 9783319424439


Dean, Hartley (2015) Resilience or resistance. In: Crisis, hardship and a critical engagement with the resilience approach: organised as part of the EU funded Citizens, 25 June 2015, Hertfordshire Business School, UK

Dean, Hartley (2015) Book review: rethinking unemployment and the work ethic: beyond the quasi-Titmuss paradigm, Andrew Dunn Journal of Social Policy, 44 (3). 641-643.

Dean, Hartley and Brady, Anne-Marie (2015) Social construction of social rights across Europe Seventh Framework Programme Integrated Project, D6.3 Report. beucitizen, BK Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Dean, Hartley (2015) Social rights and human welfare Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781138013124


Dean, Hartley (2014) The administrative state and the symbolic (re-)construction of the troubled family. In: Getting with the Programme, 9 April 2014, London, UK

Dean, Hartley (2014) Citizenship, equality and work In: Seubert, Sandra, (ed.) Introduction of Cross-Cutting themes. Working Paper (D2.1). bEUcitizen, Utrecht, Netherlands, 25-30.

Dean, Hartley (2014) A post-Marshallian conception of global social citizenship In: Isin, Engin F. and Nyers, Peter, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 128-138. ISBN 9780415519724

Dean, Hartley (2014) Life-first welfare and the scope for a 'eudemonic ethic' of social security In: Martin, Keune and Serrano, Amparo, (eds.) Deconstructing Flexicurity and Developing Alternative Approaches: Towards New Concepts and Approaches for Employment and Social Policy. Routledge Advances in Sociology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 152-172. ISBN 9780203094570

Dean, Hartley (2014) Book review: life in low-pay, no-pay Britain Critical Social Policy, 34 (2). 289-290. ISSN 0261-0183

Dean, Hartley (2014) Social rights and natural resources In: Fitzpatrick, Tony, (ed.) International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment. Elgar original reference. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 401-418. ISBN 9780857936127


Dean, Hartley (2013) (Re-) conceptualising social rights and human welfare. In: Helenic Social Policy Association conference, 8 May 2013, Athens, Greece

Dean, Hartley (2013) Post-marshallian social rights in an era of global crisis. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 8-10 July 2013, University of Sheffield, UK

Dean, Hartley (2013) Human interdependency and unconditional rights. In: Invited paper to international experts panel, 'Conceptualising and justifying conditionality', part of an ESRC Welfare Conditionality Project, 11 December 2013, University of York, UK

Dean, Hartley (2013) The translation of needs into rights: reconceptualising social citizenship as a global phenomenon International Journal of Social Welfare, 22 (S1). 32-49. ISSN 1369-6866


Dean, Hartley (2012) (Re-)conceptualising the right to human flourishing. In: Invited public lecture, Department of Social Welfare, 16 May 2012, University of Ghent, Belgium

Dean, Hartley (2012) The potentially counterproductive effects of in-work benefits for low-paid workers. In: 10th Anniversary ESPAnet Conference, 6 September 2012, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dean, Hartley (2012) Socialist perspectives In: Alcock, Pete and May, Margaret and Wright, Sharon, (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, 77-82. ISBN 9780470655658

Dean, Hartley (2012) The corrosive potential of wage top-up schemes Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20 (2). 232-233. ISSN 1759-8273

Dean, Hartley (2012) The experience of welfare: the life course and the welfare state In: Baldock, John and Mitton, Lavinia and Manning, Nick and Vickerstaff, Sarah, (eds.) Social Policy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 437-461. ISBN 9780199570843

Dean, Hartley (2012) The ethical deficit of the United Kingdom's proposed universal credit: pimping the precariat? Political Quarterly, 83 (2). 353-359. ISSN 0032-3179

Dean, Hartley (2012) Welcome relief or indecent subsidy? The implications of wage top-up schemes Policy and Politics, 40 (3). 305-321. ISSN 0305-5736

Dean, Hartley (2012) Social policy Short introductions (2nd). 2nd, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745651774


Dean, Hartley (2011) Goodbye welfare, hello wellbeing?. In: Festival of Ideas, 21 March 2011, Bristol, UK

Dean, Hartley (2011) Reflections on human needs and social rights: towards global social responsibility?. In: Institute for World Society Studies, 14 June 2011, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Dean, Hartley (2011) Welfare, identity and the life course In: Baldock, John and Mitton, Lavinia and Manning, Nick and Vickerstaff, Sarah, (eds.) Social Policy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 201-244. ISBN 9780199570843

Dean, Hartley (2011) Book review: welfare - by Mary Daly Social Policy and Administration, 45 (7). 826-827. ISSN 0144-5596

Dean, Hartley (2011) Wage top-ups and work incentives: the implications of the UK's Working Tax Credit scheme London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Barrientos, Armando and Davy, Benjamin and Davy, Ulrike and Dean, Hartley and Jacobs, Harvey M. and Leisering, Lutz and Pellissery, Sony (2011) A road to global social citizenship FLOOR Working Paper, 10. Financial Assistance, Land Policy, and Global Social Rights (FLOOR).

Dean, Hartley (2011) Wage top-up schemes are an attractive way for policy makers to address income inequalities, but they may well be corrosive to those they are aiming to help British Politics and Policy at LSE (16 Sep 2011) Blog entry

Dean, Hartley (2011) Poverty and the road to global social citizenship CROP Poverty Brief, September 2011. CROP (The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty).

Dean, Hartley (2011) The ethics of migrant welfare Ethics and Social Welfare, 5 (1). 18-35. ISSN 1749-6543

Dean, Hartley (2011) Making work seem to pay?: the big illusion. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 4-6 July 2011, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom


Dean, Hartley (2010) The ethics of social development In: Pawar, Manohar S. and Cox, David R., (eds.) Social Development: Critical Themes and Perspectives. Routledge studies in development and society. Routledge, New York, USA, 185-202. ISBN 9780415879262

Dean, Hartley (2010) From human needs to social rights: reflections on the responsibility of government. In: The 4th International Conference on “Public Management in The 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges", 22-23 October 2010, Macau, China

Dean, Hartley (2010) 'Life first’ welfare?: the need/right to work and the scope for a eudaimonic ethic of social security. In: Alternatives to Flexi-curity: New concepts and approaches, 6-7 May 2010, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Dean, Hartley (2010) Restoring social citizenship in an age of new risks 2020 Public Services Trust, London, UK.

Dean, Hartley (2010) Understanding human need Understanding welfare: social issues, policy and practice series. The Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781847421906

Dean, Hartley (2010) From work to welfare?: reconstructing the liberal political discourse. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Social policy in times of change, 5-7 July 2010, University of Lincoln, UK


Dean, Hartley (2009) Ten lectures on social policy studies [in Chinese] Shanghai: Truth and Wisdom Press, Shanghai, China. ISBN 9787543216099

Dean, Hartley (2009) The ethics of welfare-to-work In: Schneider, Klaus and Otto, Hans-Uwe, (eds.) From Employability Towards Capability. Inter-Actions, Luxembourg. ISBN 9782959973369

Dean, Hartley (2009) Book review: social justice, legitimacy and the welfare state Ethics and Social Welfare, 3 (1). 103-105. ISSN 1749-6543

Dean, Hartley (2009) Social policy and citizenship. In: Electronic lecture series on social policy, Centre for the analysis of South African social policy, 27 May 2009, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Dean, Hartley (2009) The capability approach: a sufficient foundation for welfare reform?. In: Closing the capability gap: renegotiating social justice for the young, Center for education and capability research, 15 - 16 May 2009, Bielefeld, Germany

Dean, Hartley (2009) Book review: welfare and well-being: social value in public policy - by Bill Jordan; Well-being: in search of a good life? - by Beverley A. Searle; and Well-being in developing countries: from theory to research - edited by Ian Gough and J. Allister McGreg Social Policy and Administration, 43 (3). 311-318. ISSN 0144-5596

Dean, Hartley (2009) Critiquing capabilities: the distractions of a beguiling concept Critical Social Policy, 29 (2). 261-273. ISSN 0261-0183


Dean, Hartley (2008) The idea of capabilities: new insight or classical distraction?. In: ESPAnet conference, Cross-border influences in social policy, Helsinki, Finalnd

Dean, Hartley (2008) Towards a eudaimonic ethic of social security In: Bradshaw, Jonathan, (ed.) Social Security, Happiness and Wellbeing. FISS/ Intersentia, Antwerp, Netherlands, 57-76. ISBN 9789050958158

Dean, Hartley (2008) The socialist perspective In: Alcock, Pete and May, Margaret and Wright, K., (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 84-90. ISBN 9781405169011

Dean, Hartley (2008) Flexibility or flexploitation?: problems with work-life balance in a low-income neighbourhood In: Maltby, Tony and Kennett, Patricia and Rummery, Kirstein, (eds.) Social Policy Review. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 113-132. ISBN 9781847420770

Dean, Hartley (2008) Social policy and human rights: re-thinking the engagement Social Policy and Society, 7 (1). 1-12. ISSN 1474-7464


Dean, Hartley (2007) Reconstituting the public service ethos: services for consumers or for citizens? In: Herrmann, Peter and Herrenbrueck, Sabine, (eds.) Changing Administration, Changing Society: Challenges for Current Social Policy. Applied social sciences: recent developments, international and comparative perspectives. Nova Science, New York, USA, 47-63. ISBN 9781600214066

Dean, Hartley (2007) The ethics of welfare-to-work Policy and Politics, 35 (4). 573-590. ISSN 0305-5736

Dean, Hartley (2007) Poor parents?: the realities of work-life balance in a low-income neighbourhood Benefits: a Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 15 (3). 271-282. ISSN 1759-8273

Dean, Hartley (2007) Tipping the balance: the problematic nature of work–life balance in a low-income neighbourhood Journal of Social Policy, 36 (4). 519-537. ISSN 0047-2794


Dean, Hartley (2006) Book review: administering welfare reform: international transformations in welfare governance European Journal of Social Security, 8 (4). 411-412. ISSN 1388-2627

Dean, Hartley (2006) Reconceptualising welfare rights. In: Globalisation and the political theory of the welfare state and citizenship, 4-5 May 2006, Aalborg University, Denmark

Dean, Hartley (2006) From poverty reduction to welfare rights. In: Crossing the boundaries: the place of human rights in contemporary scholarship, 24 March 2006, LSE

Dean, Hartley (2006) Activation policies and the changing ethical foundations of welfare. In: ASPEN/ETUI conference: activation policies in the EU, 20-21 Oct 2006, Brussels

Dean, Hartley (2006) The significance of the human rights agenda for the future of social policy: imminent threat or strategic opportunity?. In: Social Policy Research Centre Seminar, 20 July 2006, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Dean, Hartley (2006) Book review: work: personal lives and social policy British Journal of Sociology, 57 (2). 309-337. ISSN 0007-1315

Dean, Hartley (2006) Social policy Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745634340

Dean, Hartley (2006) The ethics of welfare to work in the UK (and beyond...). In: Road to where? The politics and practice of implementing welfare to work, 17-18 July 2006, Social Policy Unit, School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Dean, Hartley and Couldry, Alice (2006) Work-life balance in a low income neighbourhood CASEpaper, CASE/114. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London, UK.


Dean, Hartley and Cimadmore, A and Siqueira, J, eds (2005) The poverty of the state : reconsidering the role of the state in the struggle against global poverty Clacso-Crop, Buenos Aires , Argentina. ISBN 9871183224

Dean, Hartley (2005) Social constructions of poverty and the political contradictions of liberalism. In: Poverty politics - The public reconfigured: the production of poverty in an age of advancing liberalism, 23-25 Sep 2005, University of Bergen, Norway

Dean, Hartley (2005) Book review: 'university research ethics committees: their role, remit and conduct' and 'researchers and their "subjects": ethics, power, knowledge and consent' Journal of Social Policy, 34 (3). 494-496. ISSN 0047-2794

Dean, Hartley (2005) Book review: Work-family challenges for low-income parents and their children, edited by Ann C. Crouter and Alan Booth Contemporary Sociology, 34 (3). 259-260. ISSN 0094-3061

Dean, Hartley (2005) Book review: 'understanding social citizenship and citizenship: themes and perspectives for policy and practice' and 'citizenship: personal lives and social policy' Social Policy and Administration, 39 (1). 84-87. ISSN 1467-9515

Dean, Hartley and Bonvin, Jean-Michel and Vielle, Pascale and Farvaque, Nicolas (2005) Developing capabilities and rights in welfare-to-work policies European Societies, 7 (1). 3-26. ISSN 1461-6696


Dean, Hartley, ed (2004) The ethics of welfare: human rights, dependency and responsibility The Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 1861345585 hb 1861345623 pb

Dean, Hartley (2004) The implications of Third Way social policy for inequality, social cohesion and citizenship? In: Lewis, Jane and Surender, Rebecca, (eds.) Welfare State Change: Towards a Thrid Way. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 182-206. ISBN 0199266735

Dean, Hartley (2004) Losing appeal? The changing face of redress Benefits: a Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 12 (1). 4-7. ISSN 1759-8273

Dean, Hartley (2004) Popular discourse and the ethical deficiency of 'Third Way' conceptions of citizenship Citizenship Studies, 8 (1). 65-82. ISSN 1362-1025


Dean, Hartley (2003) Doing Projects in Social Policy In: Alcock, Peter and Erskine, Angus and May, Margaret, (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Blackwell, 389-94.

Dean, Hartley (2003) Welfare, identity and the life course In: Baldock, J and Manning, N and Vickerstaff, S, (eds.) Social Policy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 194-230. ISBN 0199258945

Dean, Hartley (2003) Joined-up working as manipulative collusion - is it new? Housing, Theory and Society, 20 (1). 18-19. ISSN 1403-6096

Dean, Hartley (2003) Re-conceptualising welfare-to-work for people with multiple problems and needs Journal of Social Policy, 32 (3). 441-459. ISSN 1469-7823

Dean, Hartley and MacNeill, V. and Melrose, M. (2003) Ready to work?: understanding the experiences of people with multiple problems and needs Benefits: the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 11 (1). 19-25. ISSN 1741-7325

Dean, Hartley (2003) The third way and social welfare : the myth of post-emotionalism Social Policy and Administration, 37 (7). 695-708. ISSN 1467-9515

Dean, Hartley (2003) The global human rights agenda and the (im)possibility of the ethical state. In: CROP/CLACSO/FJN workshop on "The Role of the State in the Struggle Against Poverty", 19 - 21 March 2003, Recife, Brazil


Dean, Hartley (2002) Welfare rights and social policy Pearson Education/Prentice Hall, Harlow, UK. ISBN 0130404624

Dean, Hartley (2002) The global human rights agenda and European welfare reform. In: EU's COST A15 Research Network's Second Conference: Welfare Reforms for the 21st Century, Oslo, Norway

Dean, Hartley (2002) Human rights and welfare rights: re-conceptualising dependency and responsibility. In: First Conference of the European Social Policy Research Network: Social Values, Social Policies, 2002, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Dean, Hartley and Bonvin, Jean-Michel and Vielle, Pascale and Farvaque, Nicolas (2002) Critique of the European Employment Strategy from a capabilities and a rights perspective. In: Meeting of Working Group 4, on "Employment Policies and Welfare Reform", of the EU COST A15 Research Network, 25-26 October 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dean, Hartley (2002) Business versus families : whose side is New Labour on? Social Policy and Society, 1 (1). 3-10. ISSN 1475-3073

Dean, Hartley and Shah, Ambreen (2002) Insecure families and low-paying labour markets : comments on the British experience Journal of Social Policy, 31 (1). 61-80. ISSN 1469-7823


Dean, Hartley (2001) The national minimum wage Spa News (May/Ju). 18-18. ISSN 1476-4520

Dean, Hartley (2001) Who's your family friend? The New Review (68). 14-15. ISSN 0960-5231

Dean, Hartley (2001) Welfare rights and the "workfare state" Benefits: the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (30). 1-4. ISSN 0962-7898

Dean, Hartley (2001) The family policy trilemma: the consequences for low-income families in liberal welfare regimes Radical Statistics (77). 32-43. ISSN 0268-6376

Dean, Hartley (2001) The future of social security provision: beyond the workfare state? Critical Social Policy, 21 (4). 525-528. ISSN 0261-0183

Dean, Hartley (2001) Working parenthood and parental obligation Critical Social Policy, 21 (3). 267-286. ISSN 0261-0183


Dean, Hartley (2000) Fighting inequality isn't cheap? Times Higher Education. ISSN 0049-3929

Dean, Hartley and Shah, Ambreen (2000) Working families and the low-wage economy Benefits: the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (29). 28-28. ISSN 0962-7898

Dean, Hartley (2000) Managing risk by controlling behaviour: social security administration and the erosion of welfare citizenship In: Taylor-Gooby, Peter, (ed.) Risk, Trust and Welfare. St. Martin's Press, Basingstoke, UK, 51-70. ISBN 9780312232368

Dean, Hartley (2000) Social rights and social resistance: opportunism, anarchism and the welfare state International Journal of Social Welfare, 9 (3). 151-157. ISSN 1369-6866


Dean, Hartley, ed (1999) Begging questions : street level economic activity and social policy failure Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 1861341555 (pbk)

Dean, Hartley and Melrose, M (1999) Poverty, riches and social citizenship Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 031221684X hb 0333714555 pb

Dean, Hartley (1999) Citizenship In: Powell, Martin, (ed.) New Labour? New Welfare State?. The Policy Press, Bristol, 213-233. ISBN 9781861341518

Dean, Hartley and Ellis, Kathryn, eds (1999) Social policy and the body: transitions in corporeal discourse Palgrave MacMillan, New York, US. ISBN 9780312220587

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