School of Social and Political Science

Jay Wiggan

Job Title

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

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Jay Wiggan

Room number

3.07

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

Qualifications

PGCHET (Queen's University Belfast) PhD (University of Nottingham) MA (University of Leeds) BA (UCLAN)

Affiliations

Teaching roles

Jay is currently Programme Director for the MSc Public Policy and course organiser for the postgraduate course Political Issues in Public Policy. Jay has previously served as Programme Director of the MSc Policy Studies and MSc Comparative Public Policy and course organiser of the  postgraduate course Global and International Social Policy. Jay has also contributed teaching to the undergraduate courses; Social Policy & Society; Rethinking the Financial Crisis and The Politics of the Welfare State.

Select publications

Journal articles

Wiggan, J. (2018) 'Policy Boostering the Social Impact Investment Market in the UK', Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 47, Issue 4: 721-738

Jantz, B. Klenk, T. Larsen, F. Wiggan, J. (2018) 'Marketization and Varieties of Accountability Relationships in Employment Services: Comparing Denmark, Germany, and Great Britain', Administration & Society, pp 321-345. Vol. 50. No. 3.

Wiggan, J. (2017) 'Contesting the austerity and “welfare reform” narrative of the UK Government: Forging a social democratic imaginary in Scotland', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, pp 639-654. Vol 37. Issue 11-12 

Rafferty, A. L. & Wiggan, J. (2017) 'The time-related underemployment of lone parents during welfare reform, recession and austerity: A challenge to in-work conditionality?' Social Policy & Administration. pp 511-538. Vol. 51, No. 3.

Wiggan, J. (2015) 'Reading active labour market policy politically: An autonomist analysis of Britain’s Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity', Critical Social Policy, pp 369-392, Vol. 35, No. 3.

Wiggan, J. (2015) Varieties of marketisation in the UK: examining divergence in activation markets between Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2008-2014, pp 115-132, Policy Studies, Vol. 36, Issue 2.

Wiggan, J. (2012) 'Telling stories of 21st Century Welfare: the UK Coalition Government and the neo-liberal discourse of worklessness and dependency ', Critical Social Policy, pp 383-405, Vol. 32, No. 3.

Wiggan, J. (2012) ‘A kingdom united? Devolution and welfare reform in Northern Ireland and Great Britain’, pp 55-70, Policy & Politics, Vol. 40, No. 1

Rafferty, A. & Wiggan, J. (2011) ‘Choice and welfare reform: lone parents’ decision making around paid work and family life’, pp 275-293, Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 40, No. 2.

Wiggan, J. (2010) 'Managing time: the integration of caring and paid work by low income families and the role of the Uk's tax credit system', pp 631-645, Policy Studies, Vol. 31, No. 6.

Talbot, C. & Wiggan, J. (2010) ‘Public Value of the National Audit Office’, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 23, Issue 1.

Wiggan, J. (2009) ‘Mapping the governance reform of welfare to work in Britain under New Labour , International Journal of Public Administration, pp 1-21, Vol. 32, Issue 12.

Brookes, S. & Wiggan, J. (2009) ‘Reflecting the Public Value of Sport: A game of two halves’, Public Management Review, pp 401-420, Vol. 11, Issue 4.

Wiggan, J. (2007) ‘Reforming the United Kingdom’s public employment and social security agencies’, International Review of Administrative Sciences, pp 409-424, No. 3, Vol. 73, September.

Wiggan, J. (2007) ‘Administering economic reform: labour and the governance of social security’, Policy & Politics, No. 4, Vol. 35, October.

Wiggan, J. & Talbot, C. (2006) 'The benefits of welfare rights advice', Benefits – The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, pp, 235-239,Vol. 14, No. 3, October.

Chapters

Wiggan, J. (2019) 'Financialisation, Social Impact Bonds and the making of new market spaces in social policy', in Whitworth, A. (ed.) Towards a spatial social policy: bridging the gap between geography and social policy, Bristol University Press, Bristol.

Wiggan, J. (2016) 'Austerity Politics', Chapter 21, Alcock, P. Haux, T. May, M. Wright, S. (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy, 5th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell.

Wiggan, J. (2015) 'What variety of employment service quasi-market? Ireland's JobPath as a private power market', in Irving, Z. Fenger, M. and Hudson, J. (eds) Social Policy Review 27, The Policy Press, Bristol.

Wiggan, J. (2011) 'Something old and blue or red, bold and new? Welfare reform under the Coalition Government' in Holden, C. Kilkey, M and Ramia, G (eds) Social Policy Review 23, The Policy Press.

Wiggan, J. (2007) ‘Department for Work & Pensions’, pp 110-117 in Talbot, C. & Baker, M. (eds.) The Alternative Comprehensive Spending Review, Manchester University Press.

Wiggan, J. & Talbot, C. (2006) ‘Take-up of Entitlements and Pensioner Poverty: A Review of the Literature’, Chapter 6, pp 47-58, Progress in Tackling Pensioner Poverty: Encouraging Take-up of entitlements – Technical Report, Comptroller and Auditor General, HC1178-11, Session 2005-2006, TSO, London.

Research Reports and commentary

Wiggan, J. (2020) Short time working programmes and mass unemployment in Britain: it was acceptable in the 80s, Autonomy Institute.

Rafferty, A. & Wiggan, J. (2008) Lone Parents and the reform of UK Public Employment Services: Examining the role of private recruitment agencies, Recruitment and Employment Confederation/ Adecco Institute, December, http://www.rec.uk.com/home

Talbot, C. & Wiggan, J. with Hendey, N. Rafferty, A. Calcraft, R. Freestone, M. & Wyatt, B. (2005) Jobcentre Plus customer service performance and  delivery: A qualitative review, Research Report No. 276, Department for Work and Pensions, Corporate Document Services, Leeds.

Research interests

Research interests

Labour Market Policy, Welfare reform politics, Unemployment, Critical Discourse Analysis, social security, Work, Archival Research and Document Analyses

Jay’s research concentrates on the politics of labour market policy and the governance of public employment services and social security administration. Recent work includes; analysis of the financialisation of social policy via social impact investment markets; comparative analysis of the employment service quasi-markets in Great Britain and Ireland and a critical analysis of the Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity employment schemes in Britain.

Jay is also interested in the temporal and spatial variability of the 'activation' turn in labour market and social security policy and how this manifests in policy discourse. Recent work in this area has explored the emergence of a social democratic imaginary in Scotland as an alternative to UK Government discourse around 'welfare reform'. This strand of work is linked to a general interest in understanding the role of ideas in policymaking and how this relates to the agency of 'dominant' and 'dominated' actors within public policy.

During 2016-17 Jay was engaged in research for the  project: 'Bringing labour back in: class antagonism, labour agency and Britain’s active labour market reforms', supported by a fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation. The study examined the evolution of active labour market policy in Britain from the mid 1970s and how the development of conditionality and workfare both shaped, and was shaped political projects and social movements from above and below. Early findings exploring a visual history of 'resistance' by claimant organisations was presented to the conference on Welfare Conditionality held at the University of York in 2018. Drawing on the research conducted for this project Jay is currently writing a book on the politics of unemployment policy in Britain between 1975 and 2020.

Prior to moving to Edinburgh, Jay held a lectureship in social policy at Queen’s University, Belfast and has held research positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham.

PhD Supervision

Jay is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas and welcomes expressions of interest regarding this.

  • The politics of labour market and social security policy.
  • The governance of public employment services and social security administration.
  • Social impact investment and/or public sector quasi-markets in the welfare state.
  • Critical policy discourse analysis and the political economy of welfare state reform.
  • UK devolution and varieties of 'welfare reform'.
  • Self governance, mutual aid and alternatives to state welfare provision.

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Wiggan J. Financialisation, Social Impact Bonds and the making of new market spaces in social policy. In Whitworth A, editor, Towards a Spatial Social Policy: Bridging the Gap Between Geography and Social Policy . 1 ed. Bristol: Policy Press. 2019
Wiggan J. Policy boostering the Social Impact Investment Market in the UK. Journal of Social Policy. 2018 Oct;47(4):721-738. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279418000089
Jantz B, Klenk T, Larsen F, Wiggan J. Marketization and varieties of accountability relationships in employment services: Comparing Denmark, Germany, and Great Britain. Administration and Society. 2018 Mar 1;50(3):321-345. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399715581622
Wiggan J. Contesting the austerity and “welfare reform” narrative of the UK Government: Forging a social democratic imaginary in Scotland. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 2017 Dec 1;37(11-12):639-654. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-04-2016-0050
Rafferty A, Wiggan J. The time-related underemployment of lone parents during welfare reform, recession and austerity: A challenge to in-work conditionality? Social Policy and Administration. 2017 May;51(3):511-538. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12190
Wiggan J. Reading active labour market policy politically: An autonomist analysis of Britain’s Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity. Critical Social Policy. 2015 Aug;35(3):369-392. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018315588231
Wiggan J. What variety of employment service quasi-market? Ireland’s job path as a private power market. In Irving Z, Fenger M, Hudson J, editors, Social policy review 27. Vol. 27. Bristol: Policy Press. 2015. (Social Policy Review).
Wiggan J. Varieties of marketisation in the UK: examining divergence in activation markets between Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2008-2014. Policy Studies. 2015;1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2014.996934
Wiggan J. Telling stories of 21st century welfare: The UK Coalition government and the neo-liberal discourse of worklessness and dependency. Critical Social Policy. 2012 Aug;32(3):383-405. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018312444413
Wiggan J. A Kingdom United? Devolution and Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Politics and Policy. 2012 Jan;40(1):55-70. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557310X550088
Wiggan J. Something old and blue, or red, bold and new? Welfare reform and the coalition government. In Social Policy Review 23: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2011. Policy Press. 2011. p. 25-43. (Social Policy Review). https://doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428301.003.0002
Rafferty A, Wiggan J. Choice and Welfare Reform: Lone Parents’ Decision Making around Paid Work and Family Life. Journal of Social Policy. 2011 Apr;40(2):275-293. https://doi.org/10.1017/S004727941100002X
Talbot C, Wiggan J. The public value of the National Audit Office. International Journal of Public Sector Management. 2010 Jan 1;23(1):54-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513551011012321
Wiggan J. Managing Time: The Integration of Caring and Paid Work by Low-Income Families and the Role of the UK's Tax Credit System. Policy Studies. 2010;31(6):631-645. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2010.511527
Christensen T, Knuth M, Lægreid P, Wiggan J. Reforms of welfare administration and policy-A comparison of complexity and hybridization: An introduction. International Journal of Public Administration. 2009 Oct 1;32(12):1001-1005. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900690903136098
Wiggan J. Mapping the governance reform of welfare to work in Britain under New Labor. International Journal of Public Administration. 2009 Oct 1;32(12):1026-1047. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900690903135983
Brookes S, Wiggan J. Reflecting the Public Value of Sport: A Game of Two Halves? Public Management Review. 2009;11(4):401-420. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719030902989490
Wiggan J. Administering economic reform: New Labour and the governance of social security. Policy and Politics. 2007 Oct;35(4):651-666. https://doi.org/10.1332/030557307782453001
Wiggan J. Reforming the United Kingdom's public employment and social security agencies. International Review of Administrative Sciences. 2007 Sep;73(3):409-424. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020852307081150