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

Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, Anna Lyneborg Nielsen, John Storm Pedersen

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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. Our case is considered critical.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number4
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventNordic Summer University: Study Group 3: Crisis and Crisis Scenarios: Normativity, Possibilities and Dilemmas - Sauðárkrókur, Iceland
Duration: 24 Jul 201431 Jul 2014


ConferenceNordic Summer University

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