Being an ‘active citizen’ involves exercising social rights and duties, enjoying choice and autonomy, and participating in political decision-making processes which are of importance for one’s life. Amid the new challenges facing contemporary welfare states, debate over just how ‘active’ citizens can and ought to be has redoubled. Presenting research from the first major comparative and cross-national study of active citizenship and disability in Europe, this book analyses the consequences of ongoing changes in Europe – what opportunities do persons with disabilities have to exercise Active Citizenship?

The Changing Disability Policy System: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe Volume 1 approaches the conditions for Active Citizenship from a macro perspective in order to capture the impact of the overall disability policy system. This system takes diverse and changing forms in the nine European countries under study. Central to the analysis are issues of coherence and coordination between three subsystems of the disability policy system, and between levels of governance.

This book identifies the implications and policy lessons of the findings for future disability policy in Europe and beyond. It will appeal to policymakers and policy officials, as well as to researchers and students of disability studies, comparative social policy, international disability law and qualitative research methods.

chapter 1|11 pages


Is public policy in Europe promoting the Active Citizenship of persons 
with disabilities?
ByHvinden Bjørn, Halvorsen Rune, Bickenbach Jerome, Ferri Delia, Marta Guillén Ana

chapter 2|22 pages

Diversity and dynamics of disability policy in Europe

An analytical framework
ByHalvorsen Rune, Waldschmidt Anne, Hvinden Bjørn, Klette B. Kjetil

chapter 4|17 pages

Operational definitions of disability

Usable in comparative research on Active Citizenship?
ByTossebro Jan, Hvinden Bjørn

chapter 5|18 pages

Active Citizenship through community living

A multi-level perspective
ByŠiška Jan, Beadle-Brown Julie, Káňová Šárka, Tossebro Jan

chapter 6|18 pages

How to enhance Active Citizenship for persons with disabilities in Europe through labour market participation

European and national perspectives
BySainsbury Roy, Coleman-Fountain Edmund, Trezzini Bruno

chapter 8|17 pages

Enabling people with disabilities through effective accessible technology policies

ByKline Jennifer, Ferri Delia

chapter 9|15 pages

Towards positive wealth accumulation strategies for persons with disabilities

Linking social protection with social inclusion
ByKeogh Sinéad, Quinn Gerard, Flynn Eilionóir, Kline Jennifer

chapter 10|18 pages

Exercising influence at the 
European level

Political opportunity structures for disability rights advocacy and the impact of the UN CRPD
BySturm Andreas, Waldschmidt Anne, Karačić Anemari, Dins Timo

chapter 11|19 pages

Implementing the UN CRPD in European countries

A comparative study on the involvement 
of organisations representing persons 
with disabilities
ByWaldschmidt Anne, Sturm Andreas, Karačić Anemari, Dins Timo

chapter 12|19 pages

The potential for, and barriers to, 
the exercise of Active EU Citizenship by persons with disabilities

The right to free movement
ByWaddington Lisa

chapter 13|2 pages

The contours of the emerging disability policy in Europe

Revisiting the multi-level and multi-actor framework
ByHalvorsen Rune, Hvinden Bjørn, Bickenbach Jerome, Ferri Delia, Marta Ana, Rodriguez Guillén