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Combating Poverty in Europe

Combating Poverty in Europe

Active Inclusion in a Multi-Level and Multi-Actor Context

Edited by Rune Halvorsen and Bjørn Hvinden

Discovering methods to combat poverty and social exclusion has now become a major political challenge in Europe. This book offers an original and timely analysis of how actors at the European, national and subnational levels meet this challenge. Combining perspectives on multilevel and network coordination, the editors discuss to what extent actors join forces in these efforts and identify the factors limiting the coordination achieved in practice. The book builds on a European study comparing Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

Chapter 5: Institutional arrangements and policy coordination in national anti-poverty regimes

Daniel Clegg

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, labour policy, welfare states


This chapter discusses the institutional design of minimum income protection policies for able-bodied people of working age in five European countries – Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK – and the rather different contexts they give rise to for questions of policy coordination in anti-poverty policy. Poverty and social exclusion are widely recognized as multidimensional, with optimal responses to them requiring the mobilization of different forms of policy intervention such as targeted cash transfers, labour market support and help with a potentially wide range of physical, emotional and psychosocial problems that often accompany poverty (Marlier et al., 2007, p. 224). A diverse but flexibly coordinated range of provision is required both because individual poor people often cumulate a number of different disadvantages that limit their social integration and because ‘the poor’ are a highly heterogeneous group, comprising individuals with very different needs.

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