There have been major shifts in the framework of social policy and welfare across Europe. Adopting a multi-level, comparative and interdisciplinary approach, this book develops a critical analysis of policy change and welfare reform in Europe.
The book applies a dynamic and change oriented perspective to shed light on policy changes that are often poorly understood in the welfare literature, and contributes to a further development of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding social change.
Using citizenship as a focus, several dimensions of change are analysed simultaneously: changes in the discipline of social policy itself; the changing character of social problems; changes in social policy and citizenship; and the emergence of new forms of social integration. The book also speculates on how different dimensions of change are interlinked.
"A much needed, European comparative study of welfare state change from a citizenship perspective. Genuinely multidisciplinary, critical and comprehensive." Wim van Oorschot, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Jørgen Goul Andersen is Professor of Political Sociology, Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the co-ordinator of the Danish Election Programme and the ISSP programme, and a member of the Board of the Danish Democracy and Power Programme.
Anne-Marie Guillemard is Professor of Sociology, with a Chair at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Paris-Sorbonne. She is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Institut Universitaire de France, is on the editorial boards of Revue Francaise de Sociologie and European Review and is the Vice Chair of COST A13.
Per H. Jensen is Associate Professor, Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark and Director of the Danish national Research School on Welfare State and Diversity. He is also the Chair of COST A13.
Birgit Pfau-Effinger is Professor at the University of Hamburg. She has published widely in comparative sociology and social policy, the sociology of inequality and labour markets, family sociology and gender studies.
'Active citizenship': the new face of welfare ~ Per H. Jensen and Birgit Pfau-Effinger; The goals of social policy: context and change ~ Adrian Sinfield; Which way for the European social model: minimum standards or social quality? ~ Alan Walker; The advent of a flexible life course and the reconfigurations of welfare ~ Anne-Marie Guillemard; Citizenship, unemployment and welfare policy ~ Jørgen Goul Andersen; Paradoxes of democracy: the dialectic of inclusion and exclusion ~ Marina Calloni; Citizenship and the activation of social protection: a comparative approach ~ Jean-Claude Barbier; The active society and activation policy: ideologies, contexts and effects ~ Jørgen Elm Larsen; Individualising citizenship ~ Asmund W. Born and Per H. Jensen; Gender equality, citizenship and welfare state restructuring ~ Birte Siim; New forms of citizenship and social integration in European societies ~ Birgit Pfau-Effinger; The outcomes of early retirement in Nordic countries ~ Laura Saurama; The role of early exit from the labour market in social exclusion and marginalisation: the case of the United Kingdom ~ Philip Taylor; The emergence of social movements by social security claimants ~ Rune Halvorsen; Conclusion: policy change, welfare regimes and active citizenship ~ Jørgen Goul Andersen and Anne-Marie Guillemard.