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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 10: The perspectives of single mothers, long-term unemployed and working-poor people on provisions for Active Inclusion

Wiesława Kozek and Julia Kubisa

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


The objective of this chapter is to clarify how anti-poverty policy influences the life course of three vulnerable groups across countries in the European Union. For that purpose, we seek answers to the following research questions: 1. How do single mothers, the long-term unemployed and working poor assess old and new types of the anti-poverty policies across five European countries? 2. How do these provisions and services influence the life courses of members of the three groups? 3. How do these provisions influence how members of the three groups evaluate policies for Active Inclusion and their own agency?

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