Reference : Activation and Local Welfare in Italy: Trends and Issues
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Activation and Local Welfare in Italy: Trends and Issues
Bricocoli, Massimo mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Bifulco, Lavinia [Università di Milano Bicocca > Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale > > Associate professor]
Monteleone, Raffaele []
Social Policy & Administration
Blackwell Publishing
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[en] Social Policy ; Local Welfare ; Italy
[en] This article deals with the development of local welfare in Italy and is grounded on a research
project focusing on activation as a main feature of change in Italian social policies. Along with
decentralization processes, many Italian regions have been acting as policy laboratories, developing
and testing very different approaches according to their political attitude. On the one hand this
results in a fragmented policy landscape which is difficult to recompose, and, moreover, in growing
inequalities in the Italian welfare system. On the other hand, it opens opportunities for experimentation
on institutional and organizational structures on a regional scale, creating a variety of
practices for research and policy analysis. In the article we first describe the main trends in national
social policies, with a specific focus on the dynamics of change referring to activation. We will
then focus on a pilot programme which is aiming at the promotion and implementation of
innovative practices in health and social care services in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a region in which
there is a significant orientation towards enhancing social citizenship and enforcing the central
position of the public actor. We investigate how the dynamics of territorialization and personalization,
implied by the programme, trigger specific logics and practices of activation. Finally, referring
to this case study, we propose an analytical overview of some relevant issues in the development
of ‘local active welfare’ in Italy.
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