Participation, Responsibility and Choice

Summoning the Active Citizen in Western European Welfare States

Edited by Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens

Participation, Responsibility and Choice

Edited by Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

241 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $46.50 ISBN: 9789089642752 Published November 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

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.


1. Introduction
      Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens
2. Citizenship and healthcare in Germany: Patchy activation and constrained choices
      Ellen Kuhlmann
3. The embrace of responsibility: Citizenship and governance of social care in the Netherlands
      Evelien Tonkens
4. From social citizenship to active citizenship? Tensions between  policies and practices in Finnish elderly care
      Anneli Anttonen and Liisa Häikiö
5. Active citizenship in Norwegian elderly care: From activation to consumer activism
      Mia Vabø
6. Mobilising the active citizen in the UK: Tensions, silences and erasures
      Janet Newman
7. Dividing or combining citizens: The politics of active citizenship in Italy
      Ota de Leonardis
8. Just being an ‘active citizen’? Categorisation processes and meanings of citizenship in France
      Catherine Neveu
9. Caring responsibilities: The making of citizen carers
      Marian Barnes
10. Active citizenship: Responsibility, choice and participation
      Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens
11. Active citizenship, activist professionals: The citizenship of new professionals
      Evelien Tonkens and Janet Newman
12. Towards a feminist politics of active citizenship
      Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens

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