Title
Solidarity and reciprocity in the social investment state : what can be learned from the case of Flemish school allowances and truancy?Solidarity and reciprocity in the social investment state : what can be learned from the case of Flemish school allowances and truancy?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research group
Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge,
Subject
Sociology
Law
Source (journal)
Journal of social policy. - Cambridge, 1972, currens
Volume/pages
41(2012):4, p. 657-675
ISSN
0047-2794
1469-7823
ISI
000311893900001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this article, we discuss some of the new tensions that are emerging between the different foundations of the welfare state. Several developments have led to the advent of the social investment state, in which people are being activated and empowered instead of passively protected. We argue that this social policy shift has been accompanied by a normative shift towards a more stringent interpretation of social protection in which individual responsibility and quid pro quo have become the primordial focus. Using the Belgian (Flemish) disciplinary policy on truancy and school allowances as a case in point, we demonstrate that this social policy paradigm may have detrimental consequences for society's weakest: they will not always be able to meet the newly emerged standard of reciprocity. This implies an erosion of the ideal of social protection and encourages new forms of social exclusion. As these changes in the social policy framework are not confined to the Belgian case alone, our analysis bears relevance for all European welfare states.
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