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The changing face of welfareConsequences and outcomes from a citizenship perspective$
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Jorgen Goul Andersen, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Per H. Jensen, and Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345929

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.001.0001

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Citizenship and the activation of social protection: a comparative approach

Citizenship and the activation of social protection: a comparative approach

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(p.113) Seven Citizenship and the activation of social protection: a comparative approach
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The changing face of welfare
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Jean-Claude Barbier

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0007

The activation of social protection is one of the most important current transformations of social protection across Europe. However, there is disagreement about how it should be interpreted. This chapter argues that the concept of activation can be used in both a broad and narrow sense. In the broader sense, it reaches well beyond what is usually described as ‘activation’ (all sorts of welfare-to-work programmes and making work pay policies). There is no such thing as one universal activation rationale; instead, a diversity of solutions persists for activation in both the broad and narrow sense. The assessment of the meaning and impact of activation does not require knowledge about formal rules only, but also about the broader context, as well as about the praxis of activation. Such an assessment can be made from mapping the consequences of activation on citizenship.

Keywords:   social policy, welfare to work, activation, citizenship

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