Universalism in Social Policies: A Multidimensional Concept, Policy Idea or Process

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Universalism in Social Policies: A Multidimensional Concept, Policy Idea or Process


  • Monica Budowski Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Global Development, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Daniel Künzler Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Global Development, University of Fribourg, Switzerland


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Abstract:  This issue of Social Inclusion takes the dazzling and fuzzy term ‘universalism’ to scrutiny. The editorial introduces different usages of the term in the academic debate. It first discusses universalism as an idea, then as a process, and finally its dimensions. The articles published in this issue are situated in the debate.

Keywords:  de-universalization; liberal welfare regimes; Nordic welfare states; social policy; universalization; universalism; varieties of universalism

Published:   18 March 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v8i1.2963


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