This chapter investigates the relationship between far-right populism and social policy. We argue that an approach anchored in framing and policy narratives will yield new understandings of how far-right populist discourses have come to challenge social democratic and neoliberal welfare narrative. This new narrative challenges and denigrates the economic and political elite as self-serving and corrupt, claiming to represent the interest of the ‘people’ instead. In defining ‘people’, the interests of certain societal groups are prioritised on the bases of culture or ethnicity. Importantly for social policy, we argue, in this universal social rights and social citizenship are reframed in ethno-nationalist and welfare chauvinist terms. In the chapter we draw upon the case of Sweden in order to briefly exemplify the discursive strategies in play.
|Title of host publication||Social Policy Review 30|
|Subtitle of host publication||Analysis and debate in social policy, 2018|
|Editors||Catherine Needham, Elke Heins, James Rees|
|Place of Publication||Bristol|
|Number of pages||20|
|ISBN (Print)||978-1-4473-4999-0, 978-1-4473-5000-2|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Jul 2018|
|Name||Social Policy Review|
- Social Policy
- Welfare nationalism
Ketola, M., & Nordensvard, J. (2018). Social Policy and Populism: welfare nationalism as the new narrative of social citizenship. In C. Needham, E. Heins, & J. Rees (Eds.), Social Policy Review 30: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2018 (Vol. 30, pp. 161-181). (Social Policy Review). Bristol: Policy Press.