Active Inclusion in a Multi-Level and Multi-Actor Context
Edited by Rune Halvorsen and Bjørn Hvinden
Chapter 5: Institutional arrangements and policy coordination in national anti-poverty regimes
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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