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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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The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Greece

The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Greece

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Children of Austerity

Manos Matsaganis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the impact of the crisis (and of policy responses) on children in Greece. The Great Recession has been far more painful and protracted in that country than elsewhere. While some of its effects on children will take years to unfold, others are visible already. The very fact that the economic crisis was allowed to become a social emergency in the first place implies that policy responses failed to rise to the occasion. The reasons for that failure are to be found in the ‘politics of welfare retrenchment’. Defenders of the status quo, from trade unions to professional associations with good connections to the political establishment, have been relatively successful in resisting austerity cuts. As a result, the burden of fiscal consolidation has fallen on less powerful categories, leaving little space for policies aimed at protecting the real victims of the recession: the unemployed and the poor.

Keywords:   Children, poverty, Greece, austerity, social safety nets

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