Changing Perspectives on Social Citizenship: a Cross-Time Comparison

Jane Jenson

in Social Policy and Citizenship

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754045
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979455 | DOI:

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Changing Perspectives on Social Citizenship: a Cross-Time Comparison

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In recent years the composition of social citizenship rights has undergone significant redesign. This chapter first examines historical traditions that gave rise to the shared ideas about social citizenship and security that shaped many post-1945 citizenship regimes. Beginning in the mid-1990s citizenship regimes in many countries began to rely on the social investment perspective, creating regimes that are future-oriented and focused on children and childhood, albeit often resting on institutions created decades ago to provide social citizenship rights, such as public education and income transfers to families. The chapter presents emerging practices of social citizenship that can be labeled the social investment perspective, using two iconic examples (the UK and Sweden) to illustrate change over time in social citizenship.

Keywords: social investment perspective; citizenship regime; social citizenship; United Kingdom; Sweden

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