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Individual responsibility and social policy: the case of school allowances and truancy

TitleIndividual responsibility and social policy: the case of school allowances and truancy
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCantillon, B., & Van Lancker W.
EditorGosseries, A., & Vanderborght Y.
Book TitleArguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs
Pagination125-133
PublisherPresses universitaires de Louvain
Place PublishedLouvain-la-Neuve
ISBN Number978-2-87463-275-4
Abstract

Over the past decades, tensions between the foundations of the welfare state have emerged in a more pronounced shape. Whereas social policy used to be primarily about redistribution and protection, current discourse increasingly refers to individual responsibility, merit and accountability. Using the Flemish disciplinary policy on truancy and school allowances as case in point, we demonstrate that this paradigm shift inevitably leads to a more stringent standard of reciprocity, which the most vulnerable will not always be able to meet. This implies an erosion of the ideal of social protection and encourages new forms of social exclusion.

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