Do-it-yourself social policy : searching for a new paradigm ?
Traduction en français : A la recherche d'un nouveau paradigme dans le domaine de la protection sociale : L'avénement de l'usager-décideur.
One of the most significant trends, of recent decades has been the growing importance of do-it-yourself social policy : i.e. individuals constructing their own welfare mix both within the public sector and in private markets.
This paper argues that this challenges the traditional top-down bias of social policy studies and requires a shift of focus within the discipline. the implications for normative theory, research strategy and policy analysis are explored.
Some of the arguments for and against choice as a guiding principle are sketched out ; some existing research on benefit take-up, and choice in education and health is reviewed and the case for moving away from the economist's simple model of rationality is put forward.
Finally, we argue, there should be more emphasis in social policy on developing a better understanding of the way in which individuals take their decisions, the context of public policy within which they act and the interaction between the two.
Mots-clés Pascal : Protection sociale, Recherche scientifique, Sciences sociales, Modèle, Assurance maladie, Education, Retraite, Assurance, Secteur privé, Politique sociale, Royaume Uni
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Welfare aids, Scientific research, Social sciences, Models, Health insurance, Education, Retirement, Insurance, Private sector, Social policy, United Kingdom
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ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 95/12 V
Code Inist : 002B30A07A. Création : 28/06/1996.