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Citizenship and Welfare: Politics and Social Policies
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
University of Cambridge, UK.
2012 (English)In: The Wiley-Blackwell companion to political sociology / [ed] Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, and Alan Scott, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 360-371 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The welfare of the people is an ancient political norm, much older than citizenship and civic rights. Modern social rights did not, as a rule, develop as citizens' rights, but as rights of classes and of other social categories. Despite the widespread politics of anti-welfare, social welfare has grown in various political contexts and forms. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, social policy became the focus of a vast body of international, comparative research in sociology and political science. The overall trajectory of this still-expanding scholarly enterprise may be outlined in the shape of three generations of investigation, each with a characteristic empirical focus and geopolitical orientation, and set in a specific socio-historical context.

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Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 360-371 p.
Wiley-Blackwell companions to sociology
Keyword [en]
Caring for the poor, obligations stressed in major religions, Citizenship and welfare, politics and social policies, Citizenship, issue of obligations qualifying entitlement, Economically developed states, as welfare states, People's welfare, as in ancient eurasian political norm of government, Social rights of citizenship, facing a problematic future, Social rights, bound up with residence, denizenship, than of citizenship, The french revolution and after, social concern shifting to rights of the poor
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20641DOI: 10.1002/9781444355093.ch32ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84886104154ISBN: 9781444330939 (print)OAI: diva2:680203
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2014-02-05Bibliographically approved

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