Rescuing Welfare Society: Political Strategies for Mobilizing Civil Society in Denmark, 2010–2018

Mathias Hein Jessen*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstrakt

The article analyzes how civil society is constructed in two Danish civil society strategies from 2010 to 2017, the governmental programmes of the governments in question and the role civil society plays in the proposed upcoming reform of the Danish public sector, the Cohesion Reform. The article approaches civil society from a Foucauldian perspective meaning that it on the one hand analyzes civil society as a transactional reality, something which does not exist as such, but must be continually produced as a given thing with certain values. On the other hand, it means analyzing civil society as a central part of a governmental rationality, or governmentality, which represents the natural movements of society and which government must respect and govern according to. This means that the natural, vital and originary processes of civil society becomes a measurement for good and right government in contradistinction to the artificial, cold and bureaucratic state and thereby posited as the rescuer of welfare society.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Vol/bind30
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)369–380
Antal sider12
ISSN0957-8765
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2019

Bibliografisk note

Published online 05 November 2018

Emneord

  • Civil society
  • Governmentality
  • Foucault
  • Austerity
  • Welfare retrenchment
  • Voluntary organizations

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