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Social Policy and Citizenship: The Changing Landscape (International Policy Exchange)

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In both Europe and America, the landscape of social policies has undergone fundamental changes in recent decades, especially in endeavors to develop new welfare arrangements. How does this affect citizenship-at-large as defined by the Marshallian triad of personal, democratic, and social rights?

Taking nine European countries as case studies, the contributions analyze the ways that citizenship has changed in key areas such as social security, labor market policies, and social services. Other chapters concentrate on the theoretical and conceptual challenges that result from the interrelation of changing social policies with different notions of citizenship. Trends in welfare reform have become harder to interpret. They are no longer about simple reductions in social services and entitlements, or a decline in social citizenship; the terms of debate have shifted. In a postindustrial world, individuals are afforded more mobility, autonomy, and responsibility. Security is being reexamined in light of the new risks stemming from a worldwide knowledge-based economy.

Behind the diversity of changes there is a unified agenda taking shape, characterized with concepts like activation, social investments, concerns with inclusion, and the strengthening of links between rights and responsibilities. The contributions in this volume represent an insightful look at the debate between the determination to curb social spending and a new model of an activist state ready to make social investments.

About the Author

Adalbert Evers, PhD, is Professor for Comparative Health and Social Policy at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Anne-Marie Guillemard, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University Paris Descartes, Sorbonne.

Table of Contents

Part I. General

1. Introduction: Marshall's Concept of Citizenship and Contemporary Welfare Reconfiguration

Adalbert Evers and Anne-Marie Guillemard

2. Towards a Post-Marshallian Framework for the Analysis of Social Citizenship

Håkan Johansson and Björn Hvinden

3. Changing Perspectives on Social Citizenship: A Cross-time Comparison

Jane Jenson

4. Citizenship in the Enabling State: The Changing Balance of Rights and Obligations

Neil Gilbert

5. To What Extent Can the European Union Deliver "Social Citizenship" to Its Citizens?

Jean-Claude Barbier

Part II. Country Cases: Western Europe

6. Social Citizenship in New Labour's New "Active" Welfare State: The Case of the United Kingdom

Ruth Lister

7. Changes in Social Citizenship in France in a Comparative Perspective: "Activation Strategies" and Their Traces

Jean-Claude Barbier

8. Italy: A Territorial and Generational Divide in Social Citizenship

Valeria Fargion

9. A Fuzzy Picture. Social Citizenship in Post-corporatist Germany

Ingo Bode

10. The Iron Law of Rights: Citizenship and Individual Empowerment in Modern Sweden

Lars Trägårdh and Lars Svedberg

Part III. Country Cases: Eastern Europe

11. The Policy of Activation in the Czech Republic and Citizenship Rights

Tomás Sirovátka

12. Fragmented Social Rights in Hungary's Post-communist Welfare State

Julia Szalaï

13. The Two Decades of Social Policy in Poland: From Protection to Activation of Citizens

Marek Rymsza

14. Discourses on Social Rights in the Czech Republic

Martin Potucek

Part IV. Conclusions

15. Reconfiguring Welfare and Reshaping Citizenship

Adalbert Evers and Anne-Marie Guillemard

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199754045
Author:
Evers, Adalbert
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Guillemard, Anne-Marie
Subject:
Work
Subject:
Social Work
Subject:
Sociology | Social Work
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 line-cuts
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.4 x 1.1 in 1.594 lb

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» History and Social Science » Sociology » Social Work

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