First published in 1998, this volume describes and analyses organizations of social security claimants and their position in the field of force of the national welfare state in six European countries: representing a diversity of welfare state regimes. The authors analyse these organizations, and their strengths and weaknesses, from a variety of theoretical perspectives: such as the opportunity structures of welfare states and national political relations, the fragmentation of the social movements of social security claimants along ideological and categorical lines, the (im)possibilities of organizing socially highly marginalized groups etc. The volume also contains an introduction and an epilogue, as well as a chapter dealing with the relations between collective and individual forms of social resistance.
Table of Contents
1. Social Security Claimants and Europe. Harry Coenen. 2. Strategies for Survival: Poor People’s Movements in Britain. Kevin Dixon. 3. Collective Action and Welfare Recipients in Britain. Paul Bagguley. 4. The Collective Action of Welfare Recipients in Europe. 5. Projects for the Unemployed in Germany. Friedhelm Wolski-Prenger. 6. No Organization, no Services, no Money: the Poor and the Excluded from Welfare in Italy. Yuri Kazepov and Giustina Orientale Caputo. 7. Representing the Interests of Social Security Claimants and Welfare Recipients in the Netherlands. Rik van Berkel and Ruud Vlek. 8. Collective Action by Clients and Claimants in Norway. Rune Sander Halvorsen and Bjorn Hvinden. 9. Collective Action and Everyday Resistance. Bill Jordan. 10. Epilogue. Rik van Berkel and Ruud Vlek.