9781137319579

Belonging, Solidarity and Expansion in Social Policy

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    9781137319579

  • ISBN10:

    1137319577

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Belonging, Solidarity and Expansion in Social Policy examines processes of social policy formation and shifting solidarities from the perspective of the actors most affected. Using the examples of nineteenth century mutual benefit societies in the UK and Germany, and EU level social policy, it shows empirically how actors are able to shift their solidarities towards strangers and reveals the argumentative patters concerning such a transformation. The book's innovative research programme provides theoretical and empirical insights on the question regarding the relationship of belonging and social policy. It offers a new theory on the formation of redistributive preferences based on an approach combining theories of solidarity and structural incentives. The analysis shows how these preferences are shaped by available institutional alternatives, cost-benefit-calculations and identity-oriented interests, and thus offers new empirical evidence on how individuals are able to reintegrate wider identities and align their solidarities also at the European level.

Author Biography

Stefanie Börner is Research Associate at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I: SOCIAL SOLIDARITY AND THE WELFARE STATE
2. Towards a New Historical Sociology?
3. Solidarity and Social Policy
PART II: BENEFIT SOCIETIES AND THE WELFARE STATE
4. Social Security Beneath the Nation State
5. Collectively Against the State
6. Debating the Expansion of Solidarity
7 .Coping with Change
PART III: SOCIAL SOLIDARITY BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE NATION STATE
8. Beyond the National: The Construction of Social Solidarity in the European Union
9. Conclusion

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