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

Elisabeth Hästbacka, Mikael Nygård

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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.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)125–142
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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

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