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The all-encompassing welfare state that often suffocates citizens is having its final drink in
the last-chance saloon. The introduction of the open market as a possible alternative has not
been successful either. People are suppressed by the expanding 'system world', damaging
their 'life world'. For that reason the welfare state does not need to be reformed, but replaced.
The 'participation state' is the natural successor. In that society - which could also be
characterised as 'do-it-yourselves' - people themselves prefer to address and resolve issues
affecting their own living conditions on a family and community level.
This transition in the western world from 'state power' to “people power' implies that
governments and non-profit organisations must assume a different position. Both parties must
exercise restraint so that, at last, the civil society can show its power. Self-management and
self-governance become more and more important. This fundamental shift is occurring in a
time of peace and quiet and for that reason we can talk about a 'quiet revolution'.
A renowned and famous example of what people power is able to achieve, is the phenomena
of Family Group Conference. Initially, this way of solving social and personal problems
originates from New Zealand, but it is spreading rapidly throughout the western world.
In this book, we have included articles from scholars, social workers, researchers, Family
Group Conference coordinators and policy makers from different western countries who point
out how the successes of Family Group Conferences have developed.
It is clear that for the western countries the welfare state cannot be allowed to continue.
Family Group Conferencing is not a method, but a value for western societies that make it
possible to step forward in order to reach the level of the participation state.
Book edited by René Clarijs and Thijs Malmberg (eds.)
ISBN book: 9789088503726
ISBN e-book: 9789088503887