Minimum Income Protection in Flux by I. MarxMinimum Income Protection in Flux by I. Marx

Minimum Income Protection in Flux

EditorI. Marx, K. Nelson

Hardcover | November 19, 2012

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The current economic crisis has presented itself as a formidable challenge to the welfare states of Europe. The issue of minimum income protection has now become more important than ever and whether or note these schemes adequately protect citizens when they are unemployed, retired or having children. Drawing on in-depth and up-to-date institutional data from across Europe and the US, this volume details the reality of minimum income protection policies over time. Including contributions from leading scholars in the field, each chapter provides a systematic cross-national analysis of minimum income protection policies, developing concrete policy guidance on an issue at the heart of the European debate.

IVE MARX is a senior research fellow at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at Antwerp University, Belgium. He has published extensively on the issues of welfare state change, in-work poverty, minimum income protection and poverty. KENNETH NELSON is a senior research fellow and an associate professor of Sociology at the Swedis...
Title:Minimum Income Protection in FluxFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pagesPublished:November 19, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230348130

ISBN - 13:9780230348134


Table of Contents

A New Dawn for Minimum Income Protection?; I.Marx & K.Nelson
Struggle for Life: Social Assistance Benefits, 1992-2009; N.Van Mechelen & S.Marchal
Mind the Gap: Net Incomes of Minimum Wage Workers in the EU and the US; I.Marx, S.Marchal & B.Nolan
Child Poverty as a Government Priority: Child Benefit Packages for Working Families, 1992-2009; N.Van Mechelen & J.Bradshaw
Minimum Income Protection for Europe's Elderly. What and How Much has been Guaranteed During the 2000s?; T.Goedemé
From Universalism to Selectivity: Old Wine in New Bottles for Child Benefits in Europe and Other Countries; T.Ferrarini, K.Nelson & H.Höög
Categorical Differentiation in the Light of Deservingness Perceptions: Institutional Structures of Minimum Income Protection for Immigrants and for the Disabled; V.Hubl & M.Pfeifer
Origin and Genesis of Activation Policies in 'Old' Europe: Toward a Balanced Approach?; J.T.Weishaupt
Social Assistance Governance in Europe. Towards a Multi-level Perspective; Y.Kazepov & E.Barberis
Minimum Social Protection in the CEE/CIS Countries. The Failure of a Model; J.Bradshaw, E.Mayhew & G.Alexander
The EU and Minimum Income Protection: Clarifying the Policy Conundrum; F.Vandenbroucke, B.Cantillon, N.Van Mechelen, T.Goedemé & A.Van Lancker

Editorial Reviews

"This book surely deserves an award for its timeliness - and also for its scholarly qualities. It offers a coverage of the key issues related to minimum income protection policies that is simply unmatched, be it in terms of thoroughness, reach or depth: a must-read contribution for anyone working in the social policy field." - Gosta Esping-Andersen, Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain   "Significant work providing a rich overview of minimum income systems, highly relevant to the current and future EU social policy debate." - László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Belgium"We live in a world with ever-increasing inequality in rich European and Anglo -Saxon nations .The minimum income question – the basic right of all persons, especially vulnerable ones like children and the elderly, to sufficient resources to live in a manner compatible with human dignity – takes on new importance in such a world. I urge all who are interested in poverty and inequality, especially policy makers and advocates, to read Marx and Nelson for a refreshing, sobering and important take on the minimum income question." - Timothy M. Smeeding, Director for the Institute for Research on Poverty and A & S Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, USA   "This volume provides the most authoritative comparative analysis of policy developments in the realm of minimum income rotection available today. Based on unique up-to-date institutional data and rigorous analyses, it yields new insights and is essential reading for all who care about changing welfare states." - Walter Korpi, Professor of Social Policy, Stockholm University, Sweden