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The Activation of Citizenship in Europe$
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Thomas Pfister

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083310

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083310.001.0001

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The United Kingdom – teaching activation

The United Kingdom – teaching activation

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The Activation of Citizenship in Europe

Thomas Pfister

Manchester University Press

The second case study focusing on the UK follows the same structure as the first one. Its first part outlines the most relevant welfare reforms and identifies their gender dimension. The second part interprets those changes in terms of shifting citizenship practices. The final section traces the different contestations behind those new practices - from the transnational level as well as from within. The study shows that the activation paradigm has been much more deeply embedded in the institutions and discourses in the UK. While some of the many measures of welfare reform have had positive consequences for the equality between women and men, an explicit gender equality agenda is not part of the larger reform project. This allowed especially previous Labour governments to adopt a role as conceptual leaders of the activation agenda at the EU level.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, Welfare reform, Gender equality policy, Gender mainstreaming, Citizenship practices, Inequality

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