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Promoting Active Citizenship

Markets and Choice in Scandinavian Welfare

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers internationally relevant insights drawn from experimental Scandinavian welfare policies

  • Provides conclusions based on analysis between different sectors, including public and for-profit service providers

  • Addresses the voucher system and competition between schools as a key case study

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Does Out-Contracting of Welfare Services Promote Active Citizenship?

    • Karl Henrik Sivesind, Håkon Solbu Trætteberg
    Pages 1-31Open Access
  3. Active Citizenship in Scandinavian Schools and Nursing Homes

    • Håkon Solbu Trætteberg
    Pages 203-259Open Access
  4. The Future of the Scandinavian Welfare Model: User Choice, Parallel Governance Systems, and Active Citizenship

    • Karl Henrik Sivesind, Håkon Solbu Trætteberg, Jo Saglie
    Pages 285-310Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 311-325

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book analyses the considerable variation in the shares of private provision for core services in education, health and social services, in the Scandinavian countries.

The chapters compare countries, service areas, and the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Each focuses on different levels of change: the mix of welfare providers, national laws and regulations, governance in municipalities, nursing homes and schools, and finally, the consequences experienced by the users of the services. 

The authors ask which combinations of governance structures, service sector providers, and user choice give the best results for active citizenship. Promoting Active Citizenship will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including Public Administration and Management, Non-Profit Management, Social Policy, Innovation in Public Service, Social Care and Education and School Research.


  • Employment
  • Social Policy
  • Social Welfare
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Social Care
  • decentralization
  • service users
  • vouchers
  • welfare reform
  • open access


“Karl Henrik Sivesind and his colleagues have given us a worthy successor to Richard Titmuss’ classic Gift Relationship by providing a serious contemporary analysis of the consequences of different patterns of reliance on nonprofits, for-profits,  and states in providing crucial protections against the vagaries of old age, ill-health, and inadequate education,  showing in the process how important is  the  preservation of a common commitment to core values of equal access and universal protection reinforced and protected by a caring state.” (Lester M. Salamon, Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway

    Karl Henrik Sivesind, Jo Saglie

About the editors

Karl Henrik Sivesind and Jo Saglie are both Research Professors at the Institute for Social Research, Norway. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Promoting Active Citizenship

  • Book Subtitle: Markets and Choice in Scandinavian Welfare

  • Editors: Karl Henrik Sivesind, Jo Saglie

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-55380-1Published: 07 September 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-85645-2Published: 13 May 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-55381-8Published: 29 August 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 325

  • Topics: Social Structure, Sociology of Work, Comparative Social Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)