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Children of AusterityImpact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries$
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Bea Cantillon, Yekaterina Chzhen, Sudhanshu Handa, and Brian Nolan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797968.001.0001

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Learning the Lessons: Enhancing Capacity to Protect Children

Learning the Lessons: Enhancing Capacity to Protect Children

(p.320) 14 Learning the Lessons: Enhancing Capacity to Protect Children
Children of Austerity
Brian Nolan, Bea Cantillon, Sudhanshu Handa, Yekaterina Chzhen
Oxford University Press

Drawing on the country-level analyses this chapter brings out broader conclusions and lessons for how, in future, children can be better protected from bearing the brunt of major crises. This is not a straightforward exercise, because the impact of the crisis and recession on children has been very different across them for a variety of reasons. The macroeconomic ‘shock’ itself and the starting positions differed greatly across countries while the responses by governments covered a very wide range of policy levers and varied with their circumstances. It is clear however that cuts in social spending and tax increases often played a major role in the impact of the crisis on the living standards of families and children. The country experiences analysed in this book bring out the importance of building coherent ‘social fabrics’ both to address child poverty effectively and to protect children against the worst effects of future crises.

Keywords:   children, poverty, economic crisis, social spending, policy, lessons learned

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