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The effects of welfare state universalism on migrant integration

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posted on 15.10.2019 by Anthony Kevins, Kees van Kersbergen
This paper investigates how and why welfare state universalism can shape the integration of migrants into the national community. Universalism is broadly regarded as central to the integrative and solidarity-building potential of welfare states, but we argue that the traditional approach to understanding the concept is fraught with inconsistencies. Rather than comparing welfare states using the classical universalist/selectivist dichotomy, we suggest that they should be thought of as embodying various 'packages' of universalist traits – all of which are unified by their connection to a core, self-sustaining logic of solidarity. A comparison of Canadian and Danish universalism allows us to draw out how (indiscriminate/selectivist) 'community perks' traits and (inclusive/exclusive) 'community scope' ones may interact in unexpected ways. This, in turn, helps us better understand how and why 'classically universalist' Denmark is facing threats to solidarity and migrant integration that are much more intense than those found in 'classically selectivist' Canada.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Policy & Politics

Volume

47

Issue

1

Pages

115 - 132

Publisher

Policy Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy & Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version KEVINS, A. and VAN KERSBERGEN, K., 2019. The effects of welfare state universalism on migrant integration. Policy & Politics, 47 (1), pp.115-132 is available online at: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/2019/00000047/00000001/art00007;jsessionid=2xqrf51y6rw9.x-ic-live-01.

Publication date

2018-12-13

ISSN

0305-5736

eISSN

1470-8442

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Anthony Kevins

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