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Creating target publics for welfare policies : acomparative and multi-level approach
Éditeur Springer
Année copyright 2018
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Creating target publics for welfare policies : acomparative and multi-level approach
1 vol. (IX-208 pages) ; 24 cm
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The making of target publics for welfare policies. From targeting practices to resistances of governed people ; Part I: Legitimizing categories in public debates ; "Organize and defend yourself". the invention of the middle class before fascism: actors, discourse and institutions ; How central is the middle? Middle class discourses and social policy design in Germany ; Part II: Sketching the outlines of target groups ; Frame, Funnel, deter: the mechanisms of behavioral targeting ; Targeting by numbers. The uses of statistics for monitoring French welfare benefit recipients ; the paradoxical place of psychiatry in the administration of disability: dealing with the reframing of autism from a psychiatric to an educative issue in the concrete making of a target public ; Part III : The daily bureaucratic adjustment of targeting ; Conforming women citizens in the making. Targeting migrants through gendered inmigrant integration policies in Helsinki and Paris ; From grouos to individuals ? The making of target publics in the French administration of low-rent housing ; How to identify and select citizens entitled to social housing in a postcolonial situation ? Administrative agents dealing with changing bureaucratic norms in a French overseas administrative department ; Perspectives on target publics and welfare state transformations. A few proposals from political sociology
"This volume analyzes welfare policies by looking at the making of their target publics. It examines how these populations are identified and constructed by policy making. The contributors apply the classic theoretical question about who gets what, when, and how, but also suggest the revisiting of policy-feedback analysis. Coverage includes empirical case studies in different geographical areas. It looks at Europe, the United States and also considers Mayotte, set in a post-colonial context. The chapters also examine different aspects of welfare, including the bureaucratic treatment of marginalized populations as well as the middle class. The authors draw on diverse conceptual approaches and investigative methodologies. They conduct participant observation in public or nonprofit organizations, explore administrative records, and interview actors at various stages of policymaking. This qualitative material is then combined with relevant quantitative data. Readers are guided through a multilevel approach of welfare policies, from their definition to their implementation. They gain insight into the targeting of publics, from the higher reaches of government to the most underprivileged groups of the social world. Overall, the book compares different national contexts and social policy fields. This approach unearths regularities, enabling the authors to reassess major contemporary transformations of the welfare State" (ed.)
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