Non-take-up of social support and the implications for social policies

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Non-take-up of social support and the implications for social policies

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Non-take-up of social support and the implications for social policies
Author: Reijnders, M.A.W.
Issue Date: 2020-06-17
Keywords: Local government
Policy analysis
Welfare services
Nonprofessional caregivers
Third sector
Bureaucratic barriers
Abstract: This dissertation takes an important step in understanding the phenomenon of non-take-up of social support and what it means for contemporary social policies. Even when sufficient services of social support are being offered, it is not self-evident that all individuals who are in need of help will actually use those services. Different types of problems and barriers may inhibit their help-seeking process.Despite its apparent universality, our fundamental understanding of this non-take-up of social support is limited. This is problematic because failure to understand and effectively address non-take-up leaves social needs unattended to and will lead to higher welfare costs.To better understand the ‘how and why’ of this non-take-up, this study analyzes the lived experiences and perceptions of potential welfare clients in the Dutch municipality of The Hague. It discusses what the implications of these findings are for social policies. What can be learned from the problems and barriers that potential welfare clients experience in their daily lives? Researchers, policymakers and practitioners who work in and around the social domain may all benefit from the insights of this study.
Promotor: Supervisor: Vries J. de, Berg C.F. van den
Faculty: Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs
University: Leiden University
Uri: urn:isbn:9789463614252

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