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Social citizenship in post-liberal Britain and post-corporatist Germany: curtailed, fragmented, streamlined, but still on the agenda

Ingo Bode

in Social Policy Review 20

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420763
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.003.0011
Social citizenship in post-liberal Britain and post-corporatist Germany: curtailed, fragmented, streamlined, but still on the agenda

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This chapter explores the nature and substance of social citizenship in Britain and Germany. It focuses on unemployment protection, retirement provision, and health care entitlements. The chapter begins by arguing that the concept of social citizenship established by T.H. Marshall in the 1950s, and to varying degrees fostered through the welfare states of Western Europe, has been undermined, curtailed and replaced by strategies of activation, self-government and consumer choice. However, this chapter suggests that this is not a unilinear process and argues that while there is a clear evidence for the emergence of a fragmented configuration of citizenship with the marketisation of citizenship in some policy areas, one can also identify a re-emphasis on universalism.

Keywords: social citizenship; Britain; Germany; unemployment protection; retirement provision; health care entitlements; strategies of activation; strategies of self-government; consumer choice; citizenship

Chapter.  8402 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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