Conclusion: policy change, welfare regimes and active citizenship

Jørgen Goul Andersen and Anne-Marie Guillemard

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:
Conclusion: policy change, welfare regimes and active citizenship

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the authors. It reviews the preceding discussions on the European welfare states and the changes they are undergoing. The chapter argues that ‘active citizenship’ is a way to summarise the new face of welfare. This notion opens new potentials as well as new threats for social security. It may lead to increasing polarisation between the weak and the strong, but this is not inevitable. It is a new battlefield that cannot be evaluated mechanically using the institutional criteria of the past.

Keywords: welfare reform; active citizenship; European welfare states; social policy; social security

Chapter.  5898 words. 

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