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The Activation of Citizenship in Europe

Thomas Pfister


This book illuminates the links between the currently dominant transnational discourse on what constitutes ‘modern’ social policy and contemporary concepts and practices of citizenship. Throughout Europe, we are witnessing a large-scale reshuffling of welfare economies based on the guiding principles of ‘activation’ and an ‘activating welfare state’. Moreover, the European Union has become a major driving force behind this transformation. What are the consequences of this fundamental reorientation for citizenship? How does it relate to patterns of exclusion and inequality inherent in each hist ... More

Keywords: Citizenship, Activation, Activating welfare state, Social policy, Gender equality, Political knowledge production, Germany, Hungary, UK, European Employment Strategy, European Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719083310
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Pfister, author