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Social Indicators: The EU and Social Inclusion

Tony Atkinson, Bea Cantillon, Eric Marlier, and Brian Nolan


Social indicators are an important tool for evaluating a country's level of social development and for assessing the impact of policy. Such indicators are already in use in investigating poverty and social exclusion in several European countries and have begun to play a significant role in advancing the social dimension of the EU as a whole. The purpose of this book is to make a scientific contribution to the development of social indicators for the purposes of European policy‐making. It considers the principles underlying the construction of policy‐relevant indicators, the definition of indic ... More

Keywords: construction of policy‐relevant indicators, construction of social indicators, definition of indicators, deprivation, educational attainment, EU, homelessness, illiteracy, income inequality, innumeracy, joblessness, low educational attainment, measurement of poverty, measurement of social exclusion, methodology, National Action Plans on Social Inclusion, non‐monetary deprivation, policy‐making, poor health, poor housing, poverty, restricted social participation, social development, social exclusion, Social Inclusion, Social indicators, social policy, statistical data, theory, unemployment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199253498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Atkinson, author
Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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Bea Cantillon, author
University of Antwerp
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Eric Marlier, author
Belgian government