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“Disappearing” discrimination? The New Deal, ethnicity and the limits of policy evaluation

Fergusson, Ross (2007). “Disappearing” discrimination? The New Deal, ethnicity and the limits of policy evaluation. Youth and Policy(96) pp. 65–85.

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Abstract

The New Deal for Young People has prompted a proliferation of evaluation studies, but little academic research. Yet crucial aspects of processes through which social inequalities are perpetuated are opaque to these evaluations. The paper underpins this claim with a review of official data and evaluations which indicates that inequalities between minority ethnic groups are neglected or masked. These sources suggest reduced levels of participation by these groups, increased exclusion, and persistent ‘underperformance’, especially amongst young black people. The limitations of evaluation with regard to identifying sources of inequality and establishing or refuting claims of discriminatory practices are outlined. It is argued that this review demonstrates the enhanced insights of comparatively modest research studies, and shows their importance. The paper concludes by proposing key empirical features of a policy-relevant, theoretically informed research agenda that would be a necessary condition of achieving greater inter-ethnic equality through this programme.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 The NYA (National Youth Agency)
ISSN: 0262-9798
Keywords: New Deal; ethnic minority; policy evaluation
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 17835
Depositing User: Ross Fergusson
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009 13:33
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 10:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17835
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