Peter Herrmann
Social Policy in Context



 

Rozenberg
European Diversity Series
16,5 x 24 cm
146 pag.
€ 18,50
ISBN 978 90 3610 160 8
2009
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Social policy is widely accepted as scientific discipline – and this includes that it accepts for itself another meaning of this status, one which is usually not considered: the subject is disciplined, i.e. regimented. One important point is in this context that social policy is focused and thereby forgetting systematic economic determinants and also the historical perspective on its own existence.
The present book recalls some fundamental issues – as in the first chapter the partial liberation of human decision making from extramundane powers – and looks as well at topics as they are discussed in contemporary settings as the European Model and empowerment.

The volume brings in an insightful way different dimensions together and is a stimulating reading for those who are ready to engage with the complexity of political questions, looking for instruments for an analysis that reaches beyond “yesterday’s solutions for the problems we don’t really know anyway”.

CONTENTS

Postscript from 2009 as Introduction – A Rather Personal Conclusion
Time to Say Good-Bye
I. Ruling between God, Government and People
Introduction
State and Society – The Independent Dependent
From Devine to Secular Steering – Shifting the Contradiction
The Succession of Rationality
Law – Reflecting on Human’s Relationship to Reality
Legal Perspectives and the State I
Governance – Refining the Social?
Legal Perspectives and the State II
Outlook
II. Locating Shifts of Governing and Governance – Theoretical Background Considerations and Framing Political Case Studies
1. Theory of Government in the Perspective of a Philosophy of Law
Introduction
State and Society – The Independent Dependent
From Devine to Secular Steering – Shifting the Contradiction
The Succession of Rationality
Law – Reflecting on Human’s Relationship to Reality
Legal Perspectives and the State I
Governance – Refining the Social?
Legal Perspectives and the State II
Outlook
2. Governance, New Public Management, Social Quality Development – Perspectives on Contemporary Debates in Policy-Development
Point of Departure
Three Strands of Debate
Strategies of Changing Politics – Governance in the European Union
Strategies of Changing Policies – New Public Management and Public-Private-Partnerships
Strategies of Changing Focus – The Social Quality Approach
Concluding remarks
III. European Social Model – Existence, Non-Existence or Biased Direction
Introduction – Models and Reality
Being Social and Social Being
Practice – Appropriation and Appropriateness
The Economy and the Social
A “European State”
The development of European Social Policy Orientations
OMC – dual strategy
Outlook
Postscript
IV. European Social Policy – A Different Perspective
Introducing Remark
The Political-Economic Context
Early Programme Initiatives
Excursus: The “Irish Coup”
From Social Policy to Civil Dialogue
The Shift of Amsterdam and the Failure of Lisbon – Disappointed Expectations
Socialisation of Services versus Servicialisation of the Social
Outlook – Two Steps Back, and One Step Forward
V. Social Empowerment – A Matter of Enabling Society to Cope with Personalities Empowerment – Terminological Remarks
Dimensions of Empowerment
Aspects of an individualist approach to empowerment
Aspects of empowerment as a societal matter
Social Empowerment – a Different Concept
Welfare State and Welfare Society – Challenges for a Global Political Shift
VI. Empowerment – processing the processed
I.Introduction – Localising Empowerment
II. Reflecting Empowerment – The Light of Previous Debates on Social Quality
Introduction
Approaches to empowerment
III. Empowerment – its relevance in European politics
III.a. Power as Marketability
III.b. Individualism and liberalism
III.c. The American Turn of the EU Social Model
III.d. The Manageralisation
IV. A critical review empowerment as a matter of control over living conditions and life
V. Domains and dimensions – developing an analytical tool
VI Domains and Indicators – the step to operationalisation
VII Conclusions and Challenges

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