Creative Social Policy: The Collective Emancipation of Human Potential
University Lecturer Johannes Kananen (UH), social policy
Creative social policy departs from the notion that every human being has a creative potential and that this potential may be realised individually in various ways during the life course. Creativity is not just the characteristic of distinguished artists, such as established composers or painters or a ‘creative class’ of workers. Creativity is about finding ones place in a community, gaining a sense of self-understanding and purpose and flourishing as a human being.
Arguing that states can engage in the liberation of human creative potentials, this book outlines a novel concept of creative social policy. It criticises mainstream notions of social policy, which have, as argued in the book, conformed with neoclassical economics and a technocratic way of policy making resulting in rising inequality and contributing to the current crisis of liberal democracy. The book argues it is time to look at each member of society as an individual and as an end in itself in order to create structures for people to realise their goals and aspirations. The book also urges to take the development of societies more seriously than hitherto. It presents Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a possible future application of creative social policy and proposes to reform existing social security schemes to include entrepreneurs and self-employed people, complemented by new forms of organising work and schemes that channel credit to start-up companies.