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Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?Ideas, Policies and Challenges$
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Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, and Joakim Palme

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429247

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.001.0001

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Redesigning citizenship regimes after neoliberalism: moving towards social investment

Redesigning citizenship regimes after neoliberalism: moving towards social investment

(p.61) Three Redesigning citizenship regimes after neoliberalism: moving towards social investment
Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?

Jane Jenson

Policy Press

This chapter compares the social investment perspective with two other policy perspectives: Keynesianism and neoliberalism. In the last decades of the twentieth century, neoliberals made concerted efforts to roll back existing guarantees to social protection and practices of interest intermediation, in the name of a larger role for the market, families and communities. Then, as neoliberalism reached its limits in the mid-1990s, the ‘social investment perspective’ — particularly investments to help the poor prepare a better future, especially for their children — spread. To map and compare the social investment perspective, the chapter uses the heuristic of the citizenship regime. The popularity of the perspective arises both from the perception that neoliberalism was not working and its characteristic as an inherently ambiguous quasi-concept.

Keywords:   social investment perspective, social citizenship, citizenship regime, responsibility mix, quasi-concept

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