The transnational quest for a new welfare paradigm

Thomas Pfister

in The Activation of Citizenship in Europe

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780719083310
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704653 | DOI:
The transnational quest for a new welfare paradigm

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This introductory chapter begins by outlining the research questions, the approach, and the research process and material on which it is based. The next three subsections describe a transformation of European welfare states, which is based on the guiding principles of activation and an activating welfare state and on the spread of new governance practices. Both substantive discourse and governance practices are transnational in scope and, in particular, the European Union has taken a leading role promoting this new welfare paradigm through instruments such as the European Employment Strategy. All those trends have consequences for citizenship; for example, they intervene in the gendered institutions and practices of labour markets, welfare provision, and even family life. The final subsection provides an outline of the following chapters.

Keywords: Research question; Activation; Governance; Welfare reform; EU social policy; Policy coordination; Approach; Outline

Chapter.  7108 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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