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Redesigning citizenship regimes after neoliberalism: moving towards social investment

Jane Jenson

in Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429247
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305613 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.003.0003
Redesigning citizenship regimes after neoliberalism: moving towards social investment

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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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