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Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction – How Successful Are European Welfare States? - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction: How Successful Are European Welfare States?

Bea Cantillon and Frank Vandenbroucke


Since the beginning of the great recession, poverty has, not unexpectedly, increased in many Member States of the European Union. More worrying in view of its structural implications is the observation that in the years before the financial crisis, in most European countries poverty rates for the non-elderly population have stagnated or even increased, in spite of economic growth and rising employment. This suggests limitations that are inherent to employment-centred welfare reform and downward pressures on the redistributive capacity of welfare states. The book focuses on links between povert ... More

Keywords: welfare state, employment, social policy, social redistribution, social investment state, social Europe, poverty, social indicators, inequality, social services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199926589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bea Cantillon, editor
Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Antwerp

Frank Vandenbroucke, editor
Flemish Parliament

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