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Citizenship in Nordic Welfare States: Dynamics of Choice, by Bjørn Hvinden, Håkan Johansson

By Bjørn Hvinden, Håkan Johansson

This ebook bargains an cutting edge research of the ways that the connection among electorate and welfare states - social citizenship - turns into extra dynamic and multifaceted because of Europeanization and individualization. Written via interdisciplinary individuals from politics, sociology, legislations and philosophy, it examines the transformation of social citizenship via a chain of illuminating case experiences, evaluating Nordic international locations and different eu international locations. facing the next parts of nationwide and eu welfare coverage, laws and perform: activation – reforms linking source of revenue upkeep and employment promoting scope for participation of marginal teams in deliberation and decision-making impression of human rights laws for welfare and criminal safeguard opposed to discrimination and social boundaries to equivalent marketplace participation coordination of social safety structures to facilitate cross-border mobility in Europe pension reform – efforts to make pension platforms sustainable. Citizenship in Nordic Welfare States could be of curiosity to scholars and researchers of social coverage, comparative welfare, social legislations, political technology, sociology and eu reports.

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Outline of the book One major issue in this book is the ways in which greater economic openness and integration are challenging the sovereignty of national welfare states to determine the features of their systems of social protection and, consequently, the contents of social citizenship. Although some authors relate these processes to globalization or internationalization in general (Chapter 2), most examine different implications of European integration. These include the opening of national social benefit systems to promote crossborder mobility and establish a single market for services (Chapters 10 and 11).

Yet to the present day the scope of this collective responsibility remains politically contested. While some put the highest value on social equality others contend that social justice is best served by safeguarding the right of people to reap the benefits of their hard work and individual From active states to active citizenship? 19 initiative. For a long time these conflicting views have framed the political debate in Western countries. This chapter will examine the links between economic and political developments that have shaped ideas about the role and scope of state power relative to its citizens.

G. Kautto et al. 2001; Kangas and Palme 2005; Kildal and Kuhnle 2005). These characteristics include relatively high governmental welfare benefits, comparatively high welfare employment 16 Ha˚kan Johansson and Bjørn Hvinden and public employment relative to total employment, vertical and taxfinanced redistribution of resources, universal citizenship-based social rights (underpinned by public policies for maximizing employment, including female employment), and high political legitimacy for public benefits.

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