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Mick Wilkinson

Lecturer in Modern Slavery, Criminology & Social Justice


Value for money and the commodification of higher education: front-line narratives (2020)
Journal Article
Wilkinson, L. C., & Wilkinson, M. D. (in press). Value for money and the commodification of higher education: front-line narratives. Teaching in higher education, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1819226

This paper provides a critical interrogation of government-led reform of higher education (HE) in England. Its focus is marketisation, and in particular, the concepts of ‘value for money’ (VFM), teaching excellence, and students as educational consum... Read More about Value for money and the commodification of higher education: front-line narratives.

Operating in the dark: The identification of forced labour in the UK (2020)
Journal Article
Shepherd, R., & Wilkinson, M. (in press). Operating in the dark: The identification of forced labour in the UK. Critical social policy : CSP, https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018320921540

Presented here are the findings of a research study undertaken between 2015 and 2018 that focused on existing arrangements and mechanisms for front-line identification of the victims of forced labour in the UK. The study drew upon interviews with ser... Read More about Operating in the dark: The identification of forced labour in the UK.

Towards effective mobilization of social participation: from an instrumental approach to a value-oriented approach in China (2019)
Journal Article
Yang, Y., Xu, Y., & Wilkinson, M. (in press). Towards effective mobilization of social participation: from an instrumental approach to a value-oriented approach in China. Policy studies : the journal of the Policy Studies Institute, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2019.1667966

State mobilization is crucial for promoting social participation in mainland China. Due to its historically weak roots, social participation’s limited popularity reflects the failure of China’s current instrumental mobilization approach which focuses... Read More about Towards effective mobilization of social participation: from an instrumental approach to a value-oriented approach in China.

Modern slavery: The neoliberal UK model (2018)
Journal Article
Wilkinson, M. (2018). Modern slavery: The neoliberal UK model. The Socialist Correspondent, 31(18), 15-17

Despite having ratified a range of international conventions prohibiting forced labour and modern slavery, and committing to protect their victims, successive UK governments have failed to adequately meet their responsibilities in these regards. That... Read More about Modern slavery: The neoliberal UK model.

Value similarity: The key to building public trust in charitable organisations (2016)
Journal Article
Yang, Y., Brennan, I., & Wilkinson, M. (2016). Value similarity: The key to building public trust in charitable organisations. Voluntary Sector Review, 7(1), 47-66 . https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516X14555532383091

© Policy Press 2016. This article explores the relationship between value similarity and public trust in charitable organisations. Through a focus group interview and an empirical study based on a sample in the United Kingdom, findings show that valu... Read More about Value similarity: The key to building public trust in charitable organisations.

The abolition of dual administration of NGOs in China: Imperatives and challenges (2015)
Journal Article
Yang, Y., Zhang, X., Tang, D., & Wilkinson, M. (2015). The abolition of dual administration of NGOs in China: Imperatives and challenges. International journal of social science and humanity, 5(6), 546-552. https://doi.org/10.7763/ijssh.2015.v5.515

The abolition of dual administration of NGOs in China has brought it with many challenges for development and governance of NGOs. In the context of China, the decisive role the government plays in NGOs development, which is criticized by many scholar... Read More about The abolition of dual administration of NGOs in China: Imperatives and challenges.

Beyond the abolition of dual administration: The challenges to NGO governance in 21st century China (2014)
Journal Article
Yang, Y., Wilkinson, M., & Zhang, X. (2016). Beyond the abolition of dual administration: The challenges to NGO governance in 21st century China. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(5), 2292-2310. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-014-9521-7

The abolition of dual administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China is an inexorable and essential trend toward a genuine civil society. This article seeks to examine the challenges that come with the abolition of the dual administ... Read More about Beyond the abolition of dual administration: The challenges to NGO governance in 21st century China.

Demonising ‘the other’: British Government complicity in the exploitation, social exclusion and vilification of new migrant workers (2014)
Journal Article
Wilkinson, M. (2014). Demonising ‘the other’: British Government complicity in the exploitation, social exclusion and vilification of new migrant workers. Citizenship Studies, 18(5), 499-515. https://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2014.923702

This article demonstrates the close and complex connection between the demonisation, exploitation and exclusion of new migrant workers. In so doing, it testifies to the blurred boundaries between the categories of severe labour exploitation, forced l... Read More about Demonising ‘the other’: British Government complicity in the exploitation, social exclusion and vilification of new migrant workers.

Public trust and performance measurement in charitable organizations (2014)
Journal Article
Yang, Y., Brennan, I., & Wilkinson, M. (2014). Public trust and performance measurement in charitable organizations. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 63(6), 779-796. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm-09-2013-0159

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to seek to investigate public trust as an important factor of performance in the charitable sector, and explain the necessity of including public trust assessment in charity performance measurement. Design/m... Read More about Public trust and performance measurement in charitable organizations.

Wilful negligence: migration policy, migrants' work and the absence of social protection in the UK (2012)
Book Chapter
Craig, G., & Wilkinson, M. (2012). Wilful negligence: migration policy, migrants' work and the absence of social protection in the UK. Migration and welfare in the new Europe : social protection and the challenges of integration, 177-194. Policy Press

In this chapter we explore important issues concerned with the social exclusion and social segregation of migrant workers in the UK.  Our main argument is that social and employment protection for this group of workers is often inadequate and th... Read More about Wilful negligence: migration policy, migrants' work and the absence of social protection in the UK.