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The political and social construction of poverty
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The political and social construction of poverty: Central and Eastern European countries in transition

Serena Romano


This study sheds new light on the issue of why poverty is never a “neutral” phenomenon, but rather is always the result of more or less explicit social and political constructions. It illustrates how poverty and anti-poverty policies have been conceived, designed and implemented in Central Eastern Europe over the last century. The way in which social inclusion policies are conceived and constructed not only affects the final shape of poverty but also helps to define the very nature of each welfare system. This book examines the social and political construction of anti-poverty programmes in si ... More

Keywords: social construction of poverty, welfare, CEE countries, deserving poor, transition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447312710
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serena Romano, author