Citizenship and changing welfare states

Ruth Lister

in Changing labour markets, welfare policies and citizenship

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9781861342720
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301660 | DOI:
Citizenship and changing welfare states

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This chapter provides an overview of the tradition of citizenship within the context of a number of trends in European welfare states, which have impact on gendered citizenship. These trends are reviewed in relation to four main issues: the pressures for residualisation of social rights; the relationship between social rights and obligations and the ‘remodification’ of labour through which the ability to uphold a socially acceptable standard of living is tied closely to labour market participation; the implications of this remodification for the recognition of care as an expression of citizenship responsibility; and supra-national citizenship, in particular with reference to the European Union (EU) and social rights and the treatment of ‘outsiders’. The chapter begins by elaborating on the concept and on the relationship between citizenship and the welfare state. It then clarifies how the concept of citizenship serves to point out the important qualitative changes in welfare policies, and how the notion of citizenship and its transformation may be applied to identify and to address the core contemporary challenges to welfare states.

Keywords: citizenship; European welfare states; social rights; labour; labour market participation; welfare state

Chapter.  7104 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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