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Creating Target Publics for Welfare Policies

A Comparative and Multi-level Approach

  • Lorenzo Barrault-Stella
  • Pierre-Edouard Weill

Part of the Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning book series (LARI, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Legitimizing Categories in Public Debates

  3. Sketching the Outlines of Target Groups

  4. The Daily Bureaucratic Adjustment of Targeting

About this book

Introduction

This volume analyzes welfare policies by looking at the making of their target publics. It examines how these populations are identified and constructed by policy making. The contributors apply the classic theoretical question about who gets what, when, and how, but also suggest the revisiting of policy-feedback analysis. 
Coverage includes empirical case studies in different geographical areas. It looks at Europe, the United States and also considers Mayotte, set in a post-colonial context. The chapters also examine different aspects of welfare, including the bureaucratic treatment of marginalized populations as well as the middle class.
The authors draw on diverse conceptual approaches and investigative methodologies. They conduct participant observation in public or nonprofit organizations, explore administrative records, and interview actors at various stages of policymaking. This qualitative material is then combined with relevant quantitative data.
Readers are guided through a multilevel approach of welfare policies, from their definition to their implementation. They gain insight into the targeting of publics, from the higher reaches of government to the most underprivileged groups of the social world. 
Overall, the book compares different national contexts and social policy fields. This approach unearths regularities, enabling the authors to reassess major contemporary transformations of the welfare State.

Keywords

International Comparison public policy Interdisciplinary Perspectives Multi-level Approach Policy Making Public Discourses Qualitative Methodologies Street-level Bureaucrats Target Publics Welfare Policies Welfare Recipients

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorenzo Barrault-Stella
    • 1
  • Pierre-Edouard Weill
    • 2
  1. 1.CRESPPA-CSU (UMR 7217)Centre National de Recherche ScientifiqueParisFrance
  2. 2.Lab-LEX (EA 7480)Université de Bretagne OccidentaleBrestFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89596-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89595-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89596-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9120
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9139
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