1st Edition

Citizenship and Social Exclusion at the Margins of the Welfare State

    274 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a critical account of how citizenship unfolds among socially marginalised groups in democratic welfare states. Legal, political and sociological perspectives are applied to offer an assessment of the extent and depth of citizenship for marginalised groups in countries which are expected to offer their members a highly inclusive form of citizenship.

    The book studies the legal and political status of members of a nation-state, and analyses how this is followed up in practice, by examining the subjective feelings of membership, belonging or identity, as well as opportunities to participate actively and be included in different areas of society.

    Showing how the welfare state and society treat citizens at risk of social exclusion and offering new insights into the conceptual interconnection between citizenship, social exclusion, and the democratic welfare state, the book will be of interest to all scholars, students and academics of social policy, social work and public policy.

    Marianne Takle, Janikke Solstad Vedeler, Mi Ah Schoyen, Kjetil Klette Bøhler and Asgeir Falch-Eriksen

    Part One – Citizenship: Laws and public policies

    Chapter One - The Norwegian Welfare State: Towards a Crossroads?
    Are Vegard Haug

    Chapter Two - Social Exclusion of Citizens of Democratic Welfare States
    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen

    Chapter Three - The Norwegian Welfare State Adjusting to Crisis: Temporary Changes in Unemployment Benefit Regulations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and their Long-Term Implications
    Kristian Heggebø and Axel West Pedersen

    Chapter Four - The Exclusionary Potential of Work Inclusion Policies: Employers Addressing Their Responsibilities Towards Disabled People
    Kaja Østerud, Janikke Solstad Vedeler and Nora Framstad

    Chapter Five - Social Exclusion and Disability: Exploring the Role of Ingroup/Outgroup Dynamics in Employment
    Jaski Kohli and Janikke Solstad Vedeler

    Chapter Six - The right to respect for family life: Do parents have a right to parenting support?
    Simen Mørstad Johansen

    Chapter Seven - Citizenship for future generations: The inclusion of future generations in welfare state considerations
    Marianne Takle

    Part Two – Citizenship: On-the-ground experiences of membership

    Chapter Eight - Affective Citizenship: Social Exclusion of Families with Disabled Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Sigurd Eid Jacobsen and Kjetil Klette-Bøhler

    Chapter Nine - Norwegian labour activation: Building or limiting social citizenship for service users far from the labour market?
    Helle C. Hansen and Erika Gubrium

    Chapter Ten – Economic preconditions for full citizenship: Refugees’ economic incorporation into the Norwegian welfare state
    Jon Ivar Elstad and Kristian Heggebø

    Chapter Eleven - "I am torn to pieces": Transnational citizenship and COVID-19
    Justyna Bell, Anne Balke Staver and Ida Tolgensbakk

    Chapter Twelve - The Democratic Deficit, Political Participation and Demands for Social Inclusion in Truncated Welfare States
    Barbara A. Zarate-Tenorio

    Chapter Thirteen – Citizenship in democratic welfare states: A typology of social exclusion
    Marianne Takle and Asgeir Falch-Eriksen


    Marianne Takle is a research professor at NOVA at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research includes studies of migration and solidarity at the European, national and local levels. In recent years, she has studied sustainable European welfare societies with a main emphasis on what it means to act in solidarity with future generations.

    Janikke Solstad Vedeler is research director at NOVA at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. Her research interests include disability, inclusive working life and elderly care, and she is currently working on a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council on employers’ practices towards the hiring of persons with disabilities.

    Mi Ah Schoyen is a senior researcher at NOVA at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She works in the field of comparative welfare state research. Her interests include the welfare mix, the politics and social consequences of welfare state reforms, intergenerational solidarity and the interplay between climate and social policy. 

    Kjetil Klette Bøhler was working as a research professor at NOVA at Oslo Metropolitan University while working on this book and is now a professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway. His research focuses on cultural politics, the politics of music and social exclusion, with a particular emphasis on how persons with disabilities can participate in society as active citizens. He has also carried out larger research projects on social, musical and political change in Latin America, with a particular focus on Cuba and Brazil.

    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen is a head of academic unit at Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. He has a PhD in political science and specializes in political theory, legal philosophy and the sociology of the professions. He has published multiple research reports on Norwegian child protection and further publications on the interconnection between child protection and human rights.