Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction: How Successful Are European Welfare States?

Hardcover | December 24, 2013

EditorBea Cantillon, Frank Vandenbroucke

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This book examines the link between poverty on the one hand and labour market participation and the distributive capacity of welfare states on the other hand. It focuses on the working-age population and the evolutions in Europe during the "good economic years" before the financial crisis. Thebook provides social research in an accessible way. It introduces the reader into the various concepts of measuring poverty and exclusion and discusses data limitations. Obviously, we are not the first to observe worrying trends in poverty or inequality. The specific approach in this book may be summarized as follows. First, to gain a better understanding of the nexus of labour market participation, social redistribution and poverty, we focus on the distinction between work-poor and work-rich households. Second, we augment a traditional "pre-postapproach" of the impact of social transfers with regression analysis and policy indicators. Third, we refine the common method of measuring the redistributive effect of social expenditure, particularly for in-kind benefits. Fourth, we give due consideration to concepts and data. Most of the analyses are based on the European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), but when relevant and feasible, we include alternative surveys (in the case of Germany, SILC and SOEP data) and additional data, i.e. administrative expenditure data and indicators that inform directlyon policy. Finally, we discuss our observations with reference to the employment-centred welfare reforms that were prominent in European countries since the mid-1990s, and link the analysis with a broader perspective on the socio-economic, demographic and paradigmatic evolutions in contemporarywelfare states.

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This book examines the link between poverty on the one hand and labour market participation and the distributive capacity of welfare states on the other hand. It focuses on the working-age population and the evolutions in Europe during the "good economic years" before the financial crisis. Thebook provides social research in an accessi...

Bea Cantillon is Professor of Social Policy at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp. Frank Vandenbroucke is Member of Parliament of the Flemish Parliament.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceBea Cantillon and Frank Vandenbroucke: Introduction1. Frank Vandenbroucke and Ron Diris: Mapping At-Risk-of-Poverty Rates, Household Employment and Social Spending2. Koen Decancq, Tim Goedem., Karel Van den Bosch and Josefine Vanhille: The Evolution of Poverty in the European Union: Concepts, Measurement and Data3. Vincent Corluy and Frank Vandenbroucke: Individual Employment, Household Employment and Risk of Poverty in the EU. A Decomposition Analysis4. Ive Marx and Brian Nolan: In-Work Poverty5. Bea Cantillon, Natascha Van Mechelen, Olivier Pintelon and Aaron Van den Heede: Social Redistribution, Poverty and the Adequacy of Social Protection in the EU6. Gerlinde Verbist and Manos Matsaganis: The Redistributive Capacity of Services in the EU7. Wim Van Lancker and Joris Ghysels: Who Benefits from Investment Policies? The Case of Family Activation in European Countries8. Anton Hemerijck: The Reform Capacities of European welfare states9. Johan De Deken: Identifying the skeleton of the social investment state: defining and measuring patterns of social policy change on the basis of expenditure data10. Bea Cantillon: Beyond Social Investment. Which Concepts and Values for Social Policy-Making in Europe?Frank Vandenbroucke and Bea Cantillon: Epilogue. What we know, don't know and need to knowLeen Meeusen and Annemie Nys: Appendix. The Evolution of Public Social Spending 1985-2009Index: References