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Participation, Responsibility and Choice: Summoning the Active Citizen in Western European Welfare States
edited by Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens
Amsterdam University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-90-8964-275-2 | eISBN: 978-90-485-1343-7
Library of Congress Classification HN380.5.A8P37 2011

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Faced with budget problems and an aging population, European governments in recent years have begun reconsidering the structure and extent of the welfare state. Guarantees and directives have given way to responsibilities and choice. This volume analyzes the effect of this change on the citizens of Germany, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. It traces the emergence of new discourses around social movements for greater independence, power, and control, and the way these discourses serve to reframe the struggle at hand. Making use of ethnographic research and policy analysis, the authors analyze the cultural transition, tensions, and trajectory of this call toward active citizenship.


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