Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe

Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe

Matt Barnes, Christopher Heady, Sue Middleton, Jane Millar, Fotis Papadopoulos, Graham Room and Panos Tsakloglou

There are estimated to be almost 60 million people living in poverty throughout the European Union. This bleak statistic underlines the value of this important book which explores the nature and extent of poverty and social exclusion in six European countries, namely: Austria, Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal and the UK. The book focuses on four ‘life course’ groups who might be considered particularly at risk: young adults, lone parents, the sick and disabled, and the retired.

Acknowledgements

Matt Barnes, Christopher Heady, Sue Middleton, Jane Millar, Fotis Papadopoulos, Graham Room and Panos Tsakloglou

Subjects: social policy and sociology, comparative social policy

Extract

The material for this book is drawn from the work of an international group of researchers involved in a three-year project funded by the European Union under its Targeted Socio-economic Research Programme. The authors are grateful for the support of the European Commission and Eurostat in assisting us with the project. The authors also wish to thank in particular our partners in the project who provided, amongst other things, policy papers about the four risk groups in their countries. In addition to the project co-ordinators, the leaders of these teams of researchers were Christoph Badelt, Abteilung Sozialpolitik, Institut fuer Volkswirtschaftstheorie und Politik, Vienna, Austria; Wolfgang Vosges, Zentrum fur Sozialpolitik, Bremen, Germany; Ivar Lødemel, Institute for Applied Social Science (FAFO), Oslo, Norway; Isabel Baptista, Centro de Estudos para a Intervencão Social, (CESIS) Lisbon, Portugal. Many other researchers, too numerous to mention, have taken part in the project at various points and we are grateful for their contribution. Finally, grateful thanks to Angela Waite and Julie Birch in the Centre for Research in Social Policy who prepared the manuscript for publication. x

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