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The emergence of social movements by social security claimants

Rune Halvorsen

in The changing face of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345929
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0014
The emergence of social movements by social security claimants

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This chapter analyses the emergence of social-movement organisations initiated by social-security claimants in Norway during the 1990s. It asks whether these organisations were successful or have had an impact on public-welfare policy, even if many of them have been short-lived and unstable. The chapter shows that change in public policy is the area in which these organisations achieved the lowest scores so far. Many of the organisations' problems were related to their lack of recognition and whether it was appropriate for them to have a collective voice.

Keywords: social-movement organisations; Norway; public-welfare policy; social policy

Chapter.  6244 words. 

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