Self-Reflexivity as a Form of Client Participation: A Restricted Form of Client Empowerment?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Client participation is carried out for a variety of purposes including democratizing welfare services and increasing efficiency. Scholars often build on a democratic concept of client participation as a transfer of power from authorities to clients.… Continue reading Self-Reflexivity as a Form of Client Participation: A Restricted Form of Client Empowerment?

Locked-In or Locked-Out? Can a Public Services Market Really Change?

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. Since the 1990s, the institutions delivering public employment services have radically changed in many OECD countries. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in Australia which, during the Job Network (JN) era (1998 - 2009), became… Continue reading Locked-In or Locked-Out? Can a Public Services Market Really Change?

Official Poverty Statistics are Systematically Underestimating the Cost of Children Relative to Adults

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. In the global North, comparisons of poverty rates across countries, time and demographic groups rely largely on indicators of which households have low relative incomes - such as those below 60% of the national median. But… Continue reading Official Poverty Statistics are Systematically Underestimating the Cost of Children Relative to Adults

The Scope of Possibilities for User Influence in Norwegian Municipal Care Services

This blog is based on article in the Journal of Social Policy.  Click here to access the article. The importance of service-user participation has been growing in the care services, but what possibilities do service users have to influence them? How the users are able to exert an influence in practice will to a certain… Continue reading The Scope of Possibilities for User Influence in Norwegian Municipal Care Services

Is Universal Basic Income the Answer to Authoritarianism?

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society.  Click here to access the article. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite states in 1989, liberal democracy was expected to become the dominant form of political regime worldwide. Instead, authoritarian versions of government have prevailed, from Trump's bombastic nationalism… Continue reading Is Universal Basic Income the Answer to Authoritarianism?