The purpose of this study is to examine the consequences of the Danish social security benefit reform and the rules of mutual dependency for non-married couples of January 1st 2014, and discuss whether and to what extent the reform can be seen a sign of a paradigm shift in the Danish welfare state. The study is based on Gøsta Esping-Andersen's three welfare regime types and uses them as a theoretical basis upon which the development of the Danish welfare state is examined. Furthermore, the study utilises Erving Goffman and Howard S. Becker’s theories on social stigma and deviance to analyse how people on unemployment benefits are affected by the reform and the rules of mutual dependency. This project concludes that the social security benefit reform and the rules of mutual dependency have several consequences for the lives of the people concerned, and that it creates inadvertent stigma and marginalization. It also concludes that there is no significant and unambiguous evidence that suggests that the social security benefit reform is a sign of a paradigm shift in the Danish welfare state, moving it away from the social democratic welfare regime. Yet it contains elements, such as extended means testing and a larger emphasis on the family as a provider of social security that are inconsistent with the characteristics of the social democratic welfare regime, and can be seen as minor changes moving the Danish welfare state towards the liberal and the corporative welfare regime types.
|Uddannelser||Socialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||25 maj 2014|