Deservingness in the Danish context: Welfare chauvinism in times of crisis

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This article examines categories of deservingness in social policy. It
argues that immigrant groups are positioned differently according to
their status and perceived ‘value’ for society. On the one hand, most
states need several types of migrant labour; on the other hand, they
wish to limit other types of migrants. The balance between humanitarian obligations and this urge to control has led to the development
of ambiguous policy designs. This tendency can also be found in Denmark. Public policies and the attribution of public goods and rights are
increasingly developed within a hierarchical system of civic stratification that legitimises welfare chauvinism, rather than defending the
universalist principle embedded in a universal/social-democratic welfare state model. The article investigates welfare chauvinism in relation to unemployment/social security benefits for labour migrants and
TidsskriftCritical Social Policy
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)330-351
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - 17 jun. 2016


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