Dr Chris Grover

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

Discipline and social security; loaning social security benefits; political economy and poverty and social security; social security policy and low wages; crime, inequality and social policy.

I joined the Department of Applied Social Science as a member of staff in January 2001, although I have had connections with it since 1989 when I started to study as an undergraduate. After graduating I studied in the department for a PhD that examined the introduction of the social security benefit, Family Credit in 1988.

In 1998 I left the department to work for the pressure group, the Daycare Trust as a researcher. Having got fed up with travelling to London and the politics of the voluntary sector, I retreated north to Bradford University where I worked as a Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work before coming back to Lancaster University.

My main current research interests are concerned with analysing contemporary and historical changes in income maintenance and labour market policy. I am interested in the ways in which such policies are shaped by concerns with groups in the population that are deemed to be 'problematic', such as lone mothers and young people, and the ways in which income maintenance and labour market policies are held to be more important because of their macro-economic benefits, rather than their social benefits. I am currently engaged in research at the National Archives which is focusing upon the introduction of Family Income Supplement in 1971 and how one of the guiding principles - that market wages should not be subsidised by the state - which had shaped social security policy making from the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act, was overcome by policy makers in the 1970s.

More directly related to criminology, I am interested in the press reporting of crime, particularly the reporting of sexual offences and the ways in which groups in the population (most notably black and working class men) are constructed as sex offenders.

Reflecting these research interests I teach courses called Crime, Poverty and Social Security and Crime and the Media . I also make a contribution to the core Criminology course Criminological Thought and the first year course Crime and Social Life .

Ending reassessment for Employment and Support Allowance for some disabled people in the UK
Grover, C.G. 08/2017 In: Disability and Society. 32, 8, p. 1269-1274. 6 p.
Journal article

A very capitalist condition a history and politics of disability
Grover, C.G. 05/2017 In: Disability and Society. 32, 4, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Social security and wage poverty: historical and policy aspects of supplementing wages in Britain and beyond
Grover, C.G. 2016 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 304 p. ISBN: 9781137293961. Electronic ISBN: 9781137293978.
Book

Employment and support allowance, the ‘summer budget’ and less eligible disabled people
Grover, C. 12/2015 In: Disability and Society. 30, 10, p. 1573-1576. 4 p.
Journal article

Disabled people, work and welfare: Is employment really the answer?
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 1/07/2015 Bristol : Policy Press. 293 p. ISBN: 9781447318330.
Book

Commodification, disabled people, and wage work in Britain
Grover, C. 1/05/2015 In: Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. 4, 2
Journal article

A right not to work and disabled people
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2015 In: Disabled people, work and welfare. Bristol p. 239-258. 20 p. ISBN: 9781447318330.
Chapter

Disabled people, work and welfare
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2015 In: Disabled people, work and welfare. Bristol : Policy Press p. 1-21. 21 p. ISBN: 9781447318330.
Chapter

Social security policy and low wages in austere times
Grover, C. 2015 In: Social policy review 27. Policy Press p. 33-54. 22 p.
Chapter

Themes in disabled people, work and welfare
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2015 In: Disabled people, work and welfare. Bristol : Policy Press p. 277-283. 7 p. ISBN: 9781447318330.
Chapter

Understanding changes to Tax Credits: historical and policy dimensions of understanding wage supplements in Britain
Grover, C. 2015 , 40 p.
Working paper

From the social fund to local welfare assistance: central-local government relations and 'special expenses'
Grover, C. 10/2014 In: Public Policy and Administration. 29, 4, p. 313-330. 18 p.
Journal article

Atos Healthcare withdraws from the Work Capability Assessment: a comment
Grover, C. 11/07/2014 In: Disability and Society. 29, 8, p. 1324-1328. 5 p.
Journal article

Temporalities and spaces of disability social (in)security: Australia and the UK compared
Grover, C., Soldatic, K. 2014 In: Disability, spaces and places of policy exclusion. London : Routledge p. 80-96. 17 p. ISBN: 9780415854801. Electronic ISBN: 9780203739846.
Chapter

The Allen Report: class, gender and disadvantage
Grover, C., Mason, C. 11/2013 In: Families, Relationships and Societies. 2, 3, p. 355-369. 15 p.
Journal article

A commentary on resistance to the UK's Work Experience programme: capitalism, exploitation and wage work
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 08/2013 In: Critical Social Policy. 33, 3, p. 554-563. 10 p.
Journal article

Disability and social (in)security: emotions, contradictions of ‘inclusion’ and employment and support allowance
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 07/2013 In: Social Policy and Society. 12, 3, p. 369-380. 12 p.
Journal article

A right not to work and disabled people
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2013 In: Social and Public Policy Review. 7, 1, p. 25-39. 15 p.
Journal article

Employment and Support Allowance:capability, personalisation and disabled people in the UK
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2013 In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. 15, 2, p. 170-184. 15 p.
Journal article

Neoliberal restructuring, disabled people and social (in)security in Australia and Britain
Grover, C., Soldatic, K. 2013 In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. 15, 3, p. 216-232. 17 p.
Journal article

Personalised conditionality: observations on active proletarianisation in late modern Britain
Grover, C. 06/2012 In: Capital and Class. 36, 2, p. 283-301. 19 p.
Journal article

Abolishing the discretionary Social Fund: continuity and change in relieving ‘special expenses’
Grover, C. 2012 In: Journal of Social Security Law. 19, 1, p. 12-28. 17 p.
Journal article

Localism and poverty in the United Kingdom: the case of Local Welfare Assistance
Grover, C. 2012 In: Policy Studies. 33, 4, p. 349-365. 17 p.
Journal article

Social Protest in 2011: Material and Cultural Aspects of Economic Inequalities
Grover, C. 30/11/2011 In: Sociological Research Online. 16, 4
Journal article

Cutting social security and tax credit spending
Grover, C. 2011 In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 19, 3, p. 235-248. 14 p.
Journal article

The social fund 20 years on: historical and policy aspects of loaning social security
Grover, C. 2011 Aldershot : Ashgate. 295 p. ISBN: 9780754678663.
Book

Abolishing the 10p tax band: some observations
Grover, C. 2010 In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 18, 1, p. 69-79. 11 p.
Journal article

Crime and social policy
Grover, C. 2010 In: International Handbook of Criminology. Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, Ltd. p. 425-454. 30 p. ISBN: 9781420085518. Electronic ISBN: 9781420085525 .
Chapter

From incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance: social sorting, sickness and impairment and social security
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2010 In: Policy Studies. 31, 2, p. 265-282. 18 p.
Journal article

No one written off?: welfare, work and problem drug use
Grover, C., Paylor, I. 2010 In: Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy . 17, 4, p. 315-332. 18 p.
Journal article

Social security policy and vindictiveness
Grover, C. 2010 In: Sociological Research Online. 15, 2
Journal article

Privatizing employment services in Britain
Grover, C. 08/2009 In: Critical Social Policy. 29, 3, p. 487-509. 12 p.
Journal article

Retrenching Incapacity Benefit : Employment Support Allowance and paid work.
Piggott, L.A., Grover, C. 04/2009 In: Social Policy and Society. 8, 2, p. 159-170. 12 p.
Journal article

Conclusion: Safeguarding children?
Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., Jamieson, J. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Chapter

Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children
Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., Jamieson, J. 2009 Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell. 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Book

Introduction: Safeguarding children?
Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., Jamieson, J. 2009 In: Critical Perspectives on Safeguarding Children. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 296 p. ISBN: 0470697563.
Chapter

Loaning poor relief
Grover, C. 2009 In: Social and Public Policy Review. 3, 2, p. 30-53. 24 p.
Journal article

The third way: a compromise of the Left?: New Labour, the Independent Labour Party and making work pay
Grover, C. 2009 In: Policy and Politics. 37, 1, p. 3-18. 16 p.
Journal article

A living wage for London?
Grover, C. 2008 In: Benefits. 16, 1, p. 71-79. 9 p.
Journal article

Crime and inequality
Grover, C. 2008 Cullompton : Willan. 272 p. ISBN: 9781843923299.
Book

Loaning supplementary benefit and the introduction of the social fund
Grover, C. 2008 In: Social Policy and Administration. 42, 5, p. 470-486. 17 p.
Journal article

Sure Start and the reauthorisation of s.47 child protection practices.
Broadhurst, K., Mason, C.S., Grover, C. 11/2007 In: Critical Social Policy. 27, 4, p. 443-461. 19 p.
Journal article

Social security, employment and disabled people: critical reflections on A new deal for welfare
Grover, C., Piggott, L. 2007 In: Disability and Society. 22, 7, p. 733-746. 14 p.
Journal article

Welfare reform, accumulation and social exclusion in the United Kingdom.
Grover, C. 2006 In: Social Work and Society. 4, 1
Journal article

Disabled people, the reserve army of labour and welfare reform
Grover, C., Piggott, L.A. 12/2005 In: Disability and Society. 20, 7, p. 705-717. 13 p.
Journal article

Advertising social security fraud
Grover, C.G. 10/2005 In: Benefits. 13, 3, p. 199-205. 7 p.
Journal article

The National Childcare Strategy: the social regulation of lone mothers as a gendered reserve army of labour.
Grover, C.G. 1/03/2005 In: Capital and Class. Spring, 85, p. 63-90. 28 p.
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Living wages and the 'making work pay' strategy.
Grover, C.G. 1/02/2005 In: Critical Social Policy. 25, 1, p. 5-27. 23 p.
Journal article

Crime and inequality
Grover, C.G. 2005 In: Questioning crime and criminology. Cullompton : Willan p. 53-68. 16 p. ISBN: 1843921278.
Chapter

Transitions to adulthood: Some critical observations of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
Grover, C.G., Stewart, J.M., Broadhurst, K. 1/05/2004 In: Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 11, 1, p. 5-18. 14 p.
Journal article

A History of Morecambe and Heysham Citizens Advice Bureau
Grover, C. 2004 Morecambe : Morecambe & Heysham Citizens Advice Bureau.
Book

Care leavers,financial support and the 2000 Children (Leaving Care) Act
Grover, C., Stewart, J. 2004 In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 12, 2, p. 107-111. 5 p.
Journal article

New Labour, welfare reform and the reserve army of labour.
Grover, C.G. 03/2003 In: Capital and Class. 79, p. 17-23. 7 p.
Journal article

New Labour and Welfare Reform.
Grover, C. 2003 In: The Hobgoblin : a British Journal of Marxist-Humanism. 5, p. 19-21. 3 p.
Journal article

The Work Connection: the Role of Social Security in Regulating British Economic Life.
Grover, C.G., Stewart, J. 2002 Palgrave. 233 p. ISBN: 0333754433.
Book

Local nurseries for local communities.
McCalla-Chen, D., Grover, C., Pen, H. 2001 London : National Children's Bureau. 98 p.
Book

Modernising social security? Labour and its welfare-to-work strategy.
Grover, C., Stewart, J. 09/2000 In: Social Policy and Administration. 34, 3, p. 235-252. 18 p.
Journal article

Bigamy : neither love nor marriage, but a threat to the nation?
Grover, C.G., Soothill, K.L. 05/1999 In: The Sociological Review. 47, 2, p. 332-344. 13 p.
Journal article

British serial killing : towards a structural explanation.
Grover, C.G., Soothill, K.L. 03/1999 In: Selected papers from the 1997 British Criminology Conference, Belfast. British Society of Criminology
Chapter

Market workfare : social security, social regulation and competitiveness in the 1990s.
Grover, C., Stewart, J. 01/1999 In: Journal of Social Policy. 28, 1, p. 73-96. 24 p.
Journal article

The public portrayal of rape sentencing: what the public learns of rape sentencing from newspapers
Soothill, K., Grover, C. 1998 In: Criminal Law Review. 7, p. 455-464. 10 p.
Journal article

A note on computer searches of newspapers
Soothill, K., Grover, C. 08/1997 In: Sociology. 31, 3, p. 591-596. 6 p.
Journal article

A murderous ‘underclass’?: press reporting of sexually motivated murder
Grover, C., Soothill, K. 1996 In: The Sociological Review. 44, 3, p. 398-415. 18 p.
Journal article

Ethnicity, the search for rapists and the press
Grover, C., Soothill, K. 1996 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 19, 3, p. 568-584. 17 p.
Journal article

Marital rape in the news
Soothill, K., Grover, C. 1994 In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. 5, 3, p. 539-549. 11 p.
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