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Decent Incomes for All: Improving Policies in Europe

Bea Cantillon, Tim Goedemé, and John Hills


This book aims to shed new light on recent poverty trends in the European Union, responses by European welfare states, and how progress can be made to realize a decent income for all. The text analyzes the effect of social and fiscal policies before, during, and after the recent economic crisis and studies the impact of alternative policy packages on poverty and inequality. Furthermore, the discussion elaborates on how social investment and local initiatives of social innovation can contribute to tackling poverty. There are reasons for both optimism and pessimism. The book argues that there ar ... More

Keywords: poverty, inequality, social policy, fiscal policy, European Union, Europe 2020

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190849696
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190849696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bea Cantillon, editor
Professor of Social Policy & Director, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Tim Goedemé, editor
Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Manager, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

John Hills, editor
Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Bea Cantillon, Tim Goedemé, and John Hills

Part 1 Income Poverty in Europe: Setting the Scene

1 What Does It Mean to Live on the Poverty Threshold? Lessons From Reference Budgets

Tim Goedemé, Tess Penne, Tine Hufkens, Alexandros Karakitsios, Anikó Bernát, Anne Franziskus, Bori Simonovits, Elena Carillo Álvarez, Eleni Kanavitsa, Irene Cussó Parcerisas, Jordi Riera Romaní, Lauri Mäkinen, Manos Matsaganis, Marco Arlotti, Marianna Kopasz, Péter Szivós, Veli-Matti Ritakallio, Yuri Kazepov, Karel Van den Bosch, and Bérénice Storms

2 Employment and Poverty Dynamics Before, During, and After the Crisis

András Gábos, Réka Branyiczki, Barbara Binder, and István György Tóth

3 A Pan-European Perspective on Low-Income Dynamics in the European Union

Tim Goedemé, Lorena Zardo Trindade, and Frank Vandenbroucke

Part 2 The Role of Social Protection

5 Policy and Poverty in Seven European Union Countries in the Lisbon Decade

John Hills, Alari Paulus, Holly Sutherland, and Iva Tasseva

Part 3 New Policy Paradigms: What Can Be Expected?

8 Improving Poverty Reduction

Stijn Oosterlynck, Andreas Novy, Yuri Kazepov, Pieter Cools, Tatiana Saruis, Bernhard Leubolt, and Florian Wukovitsch

9 Social Investment at Crossroads

Axel Cronert and Joakim Palme

Part 4 Toward a Decent Social Floor for All Europeans

10 The End of Cheap Talk About Poverty Reduction

Diego Collado, Bea Cantillon, Karel Van den Bosch, Tim Goedemé, and Dieter Vandelannoote

11 The Design of In-work Benefits

Dieter Vandelannoote and Gerlinde Verbist

12 Toward Adequate Minimum Incomes

Bea Cantillon, Sarah Marchal, and Chris Luigjes

13 Conclusion

Bea Cantillon, Tim Goedemé, and John Hills

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