The Paradigmatic Struggle for Legitimacy of the Danish Welfare State regarding the Provision of Welfare Services: Taking care of vulnerable children and youths as a core problem

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Abstract

The Danish welfare state constitutes a paradigmatic case of the welfare struggle of modern welfare states. Taking care of vulnerable children and youths is used as a case study here, to illustrate the efforts of the welfare state to acquire legitimacy as a body of public administration. That is, the efforts to close the gap between the welfare state´s ideology of doing what is ‘good’ for its citizens and doing this in practice. In this article, we analyze this struggle for legitimacy of the Danish welfare state with illustrations based on the case study. We present the concepts of biopower and moral blindness, in order to test the legitimacy of the welfare state´s provision of welfare services at the beginning of this century. We propose a new paradigm to improve the welfare state´s legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordicum - Mediterraneum
Volume9
Issue number4
Number of pages29
ISSN1670-6242
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

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