Participation and meaning-making: The responsible welfare concept
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Bertin, G. and Ellison, M. (2022) 'Participation and meaning-making: The responsible welfare concept', Studi di Sociologia, (1), pp. 11-25.
The terms welfare and responsible are certainly not new but their combination in defining a specific welfare model risks generating different interpretations in relation to the cognitive frameworks used by those who are confronted with this concept. The innovative nature of the concept led the research team to think of the definition of the concept not as an a priori point of the research but as the result of a participatory process oriented towards the construction of meaning. The research design was oriented by a Concept Mapping Research method. The research process brought to light seven characteristics that allow the identification of the coherence of a practice with the proposal of responsible welfare. The shared model of Responsible Welfare described in this paper provides a much needed conceptual framework for the analysis of three key aspects of Responsible Welfare in European Welfare States: attitudes, policy frameworks and socio-economic context.