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Social Policy Review 25Analysis and debate in social policy, 2013$
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Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312741

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.001.0001

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How do activation policies affect social citizenship? The issue of autonomy

How do activation policies affect social citizenship? The issue of autonomy

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(p.249) Thirteen How do activation policies affect social citizenship? The issue of autonomy
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Social Policy Review 25
Author(s):

Silke Bothfeld

Sigrid Betzelt

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.003.0013

While employment regulation is clearly lagging behind the development of insecure employment practices, as Silke Bothfeld and Sigrid Betzelt's chapter indicates, social protection policy is shoring up their expansion. In reconsidering the decommodifying effects of social policy in the contemporary work-welfare nexus, the authors’ use of the concept of ‘autonomy’ provides an alternative means to establish the impact of changes in a state-citizen relations located in the rise of ‘activation’ policies, and the primacy now accorded to full labour market participation. In a cross-national European comparison, their focus is the nature and form of activation policies and how these affect individual autonomy, measured by quality, status differentiation and user participation in the process of employment-related social security reform. In their overview of labour market deregulation, changes to active labour market policies and unemployment benefit schemes, the analysis demonstrates a general decline in both the quality and security afforded by employment; a trend that is accelerated by both the policy push for maximum participation and the demise of the ‘core worker’ as a referent of standards.

Keywords:   Activation policies, Social citizenship, Autonomy, Employment regulation, Employment practices, State-citizen relations, Europe, User participation, Security

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