Departmental Bulletin Paper Comparative Study on Successful Advocacy Work to Develop the Participation of Disabled People

Takahashi, Ryoko

The aim of this study is to identify conditions of successful advocacy work that develops the participation of disabled people in the field of welfare policymaking. I will review and compare the advocacy work of disabled people’s organizations in developed countries in reference to Esping-Andersen’s welfare regime typology. The points for discussion are the organizations’ history, fundraising strategies, ways of participating in the policymaking process, relationship to the government, and role and influence. Universal conditions for participation by the disabled in every country are as follows; the role of disabled people’s organizations to be a community for them to have an identity as a member of society is very important especially when we are dealing with a familistic welfare system. Definite strategies and international networks are required to respond to the domestic welfare system and gain power to negotiate with and protest against the government.

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