Disability and citizenship. Politicians' views on disabled persons' citizenship in Finland

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Elisabeth Hästbacka, Mikael Nygård
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Scandinavia
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume number: 15
Issue number: 2
Start page: 125
End page: 142
eISSN: 1745-3011


Active citizen participation has today become increasingly highlighted in political debates worldwide. The aim of this article is to analyse the impact of so-called active citizenship ideas on disability policies in Finland by scrutinising how people with disabilities, disability policies and disability policy actors were constructed by MPs in relation to the parliamentary debate about the Government Report on Disability Policy in 2006. The results show that people with disabilities were seen as a group with equal rights to societal participation. Furthermore, the role of municipalities was viewed as crucial for realising this goal through its provision of support and service. However, there were also signs of a shift towards active citizenship insofar that measures for facilitating employment among disabled persons were emphasised while some claims requested disability benefits to be made more reciprocal.


active citizenship, disability policies, Finland, parliament, participation, qualitative content analysis

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