The territorial dimension of social citizenship – and the related policy arrangements – as well as the role of cities as building blocks of social inclusion strategies have for long been a neglected perspective in comparative social policy analysis. In this presentation, I will investigate the implications of increased diversity, changing scalar configurations and new governance arrangements, providing a territorialized overview of citizenship regimes in some European countries considering welfare systems both in their vertical and horizontal dimensions. In particular, this will be done considering the existing differences among citizenship systems as pre-structuring and enabling contexts in which specific outcomes might be favoured or hindered.
More specifically, in the first part I will address the processes of change that are making cities more important. In the second part, I will present what are allegedly considered to be the positive and negative aspects of these changes. The third part will provide a comparative view on the relevance of contextual conditions in order to understand similarities and differences concerning scale relations and the role of different actors in the different scalar regimes. The assumption here is that the subsidiarisation process is a converging normative rhetoric in most European countries’ social policy reforms but, has a diverging outcome. In the last part I provide an outlook on the implications of the new role that cities have in becoming laboratories of social innovation and their differentiated capacities to meet the challenges changes bear.
Prof. em. Dr. Martin Kronauer, The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) / Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR), will comment on Prof. Kazepov’s lecture.