Welfare governance and the remaking of citizenship

Håkan Jonhansson and Bjørn Hvinden

in Remaking governance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346407
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303206 | DOI:
Welfare governance and the remaking of citizenship

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This chapter emphasises the pressures ‘from above’ and ‘from below’ that are shaping the transformation of welfare states. It outlines the dynamic relationship between the different conceptions of citizenship that are produced in these transformations. It differentiates the various forms of citizenship that are implicated in the modernisation of welfare states — liberal, libertarian, and republican — and capture the tensions between the active and passive dimensions of each. It traces the ways in which social policy reforms not only constrain social actors, subjecting them to new forms of governance and new technologies of power, but also open up the possibility of new forms and sites of social agency.

Keywords: welfare governance; citizenship; welfare states; modernisation; republican; new technologies; power; social agency

Chapter.  6774 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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