Vol 16, No 2 (2018)

Ambivalences of the Rising Welfare Service State – Hopes and Hazard of Modern Welfare Architectures


NEW: SW&S Special Issue (Vol 16, Issue 2 – 2018)

Since the 1980s welfare is under siege. Even if the post-war welfarism was only a short historical period in the modern society so far, it has to be seen as a step in the historiy of civilisation and also as a step to institutionalise some kind of social equality on the level of the nation state. After decades of transformation, we nowadays experience a shifted welfare state all over the OECD-countries.
In that context, social work and social services are experiencing a highly ambivalent development: Their own conceptual basics, like ‘user-orientation’, ‘self-responsibility’, or ‘activation’ and ‘empowerment’, have become main conceptual welfare strategies in the last years – even in a semantic version. At the same time social security (e.g. transfer income) is often and in some parts of the former ‘welfare-world’ heavily undermined in the last decades.
The logic of welfare service have been brought to the forefront and contemporaneously inequality is coming back in. This is why our Special Issue Editors are calling the transformed welfare state a ‘Welfare Service State”. This recommendation corresponds to a number of debates in the last years, like those about the concept of the ‘social investment’ and the ‘activation state’; on the ‘pedagogical turn’ in welfare; or on ‘consumerism and welfare’, to name only a few. This correspondences as well as a critical contextualisation of the concept of the “Welfare Service State” are what is discussed in the new Special Issue of Social Work & Society.

The SW&S Special Issue “Ambivalences of the Rising Welfare Service State – Hopes and Hazard of Modern Welfare Architectures” includes 24 papers on marketisation, globalisation, social citizenship, professional discretion, and on the developments in different fields of social policy and social work. This allows the readers of SW&S to get insights in the current situation and constellation in different regions of the former ‘world of welfarism’. Therefore, we are very thankful to our SW&S Special Issue Editors for making this issue happen.

The SW&S Co-Ordinating Office

Table of Contents

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Special Issue: "Ambivalences of the Rising Welfare Service State – Hopes and Hazard of Modern Welfare Architectures"

Introduction. Ambivalences of the Rising Welfare Service State – Hopes and Hazard of Modern Welfare Architectures HTML PDF
Jean-Michel Bonvin, Hans-Uwe Otto, Arne Wohlfarth, Holger Ziegler

Chapter 1: Conceptual Issues of the Welfare State

The Logic of The Market versus The Logic of Social Work: Whither the Welfare State? HTML PDF
Mimi Abramovitz, Jennifer Zelnick
Social Investment Bonds in the European Context HTML PDF
Norbert Wohlfahrt
Orientations of professional discretion in the welfare service state HTML PDF
Tony Evans
Effective Participation? Child and Youth Welfare Services between Enhancing Capabilities, Forced Inclusion and Demands for Evidence and Effectiveness HTML PDF
Stefanie Albus, Bettina Ritter
Changing social citizenship through information technology HTML PDF
Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska, Marianna Zielenska
Imagining and Practising Citizenship in Austere Times HTML PDF
John Clarke

Chapter 2: Putting Welfare Reform into Practice - International Experiences

Economic globalization and the role of the EU social policy as challenge (not only) for Central and Eastern Europe HTML PDF
Martin Potůček
Changes in German Social Policy, 1990-2018 HTML PDF
Frank Nullmeier
Poverty and the transformation of the welfare (state) arrangement. Food banks and the charity economy in Germany HTML PDF
Holger Schoneville
Reforms in child and youth welfare HTML PDF
Karin Böllert
Transformations of Work and Welfare – Apprentices under Neoliberalism HTML PDF
Roland Atzmüller, Alban Knecht
The Youth Guarantee System in Spain: tailored youth policy or broad-brush employment policy? HTML PDF
Joan Rodríguez-Soler, Joan Miquel Verd
Urban Welfare and Social Innovation in Italy HTML PDF
Lavinia Bifulco
Punishing the Poor? Child Welfare and Protection under Neoliberalism HTML PDF
Anna Gupta
Children's Dignity within a Culture of Sanctioning - Images of Recipients of Child Welfare Services  HTML PDF
Zoë Clark
Social Welfare & Inequality: The U.S. HTML PDF
Michael Reisch
Social Policy in South Africa: the challenges of Poverty, Inequality and Exclusion HTML PDF
Ina Conradie
The privatisation of public welfare in India  HTML PDF
Laksh Venkataraman
Do Social Policies Improve Choices for Women in India? HTML PDF
Indira Mahendravada

Chapter 3: Reconceptualization of Welfare Research

Can we draw a “realistic utopia” toward publicly reciprocal welfare state? –– A comparison of welfare programs between Japan and USA HTML PDF
Reiko Gotoh
Transforming “Work”: From Capability Approaches to Ulrich Beck’s Civil Labor HTML PDF
Roberta Rehner Iversen
Culture and the new geography of social exclusion: The New York experience HTML PDF
Mark Stern, Susan Seifert
Inequality, disadvantage and the capability approach: Bridging conceptual framework and empirical analysis HTML PDF
Rod Hick


The Rise of Welfare Service States – Conceptual challenges of an ambiguous welfare settlement and the need for new policy research HTML PDF
Jean-Michel Bonvin, Hans-Uwe Otto, Arne Wohlfarth, Holger Ziegler