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Social rights in the shadow of poor relief: social assistance in the universal Swedish welfare state
Lund University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4740-2499
2016 (English)In: Citizenship Studies, ISSN 1362-1025, E-ISSN 1469-3593, Vol. 20, no 3-4, 475-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The idea of a European social citizenship is being developed by the EU to provide a minimum safety net. Questions about social citizenship are of fundamental importance in people's everyday lives. Social assistance is a central dimension when studying social citizenship. Before discussing in terms of a European social citizenship, we should determine whether we have a social citizenship at the national level. We therefore analyse the Swedish welfare state, one of the most mature welfare states in the EU. We conclude that the social right to social assistance is not part of modern citizenship, nor does it follow the formal principles of legal citizenship rights. The law presupposes a considerable amount of discretionary power at the local level when it comes to identifying the deserving poor; something that goes against the definition of a legal citizenship right. The right to social assistance is still a reproduction of the old poor-relief logic.

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2016. Vol. 20, no 3-4, 475-489 p.
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Social citizenship, social assistance, rights, Marshall, poor relief, social rights
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53307DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2016.1139053ISI: 000374951200013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958061131OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-53307DiVA: diva2:935325
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-11-08Bibliographically approved

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