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The political and social construction of povertyCentral and Eastern European countries in transition$
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Serena Romano

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312710

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312710.001.0001

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The construction of poverty in times of austerity

The construction of poverty in times of austerity

(p.173) SIX The construction of poverty in times of austerity
The political and social construction of poverty

Serena Romano

Policy Press

Chapter six discusses the most recent trends in poverty and social inclusion policy in CEE countries after the crisis of 2008 - the third event taken into consideration in this book. Firstly a brief description of the retrenching dynamics of the welfare state is provided. Then the specific implications of the ongoing fiscal pressure for poverty in our case-studies are examined along with which categories have been suffering the most from a deterioration in their living standards during the first years of the crisis. Then country poverty profiles in the light of governments’ responses to fiscal constraints are analysed. While most CEE countries had to introduce austerity packages to deal with the financial crisis, this phase constitutes a further step in the differentiation of these countries, with some of them expanding social protection as a safeguard for their citizens and others restricting the boundaries between deserving and non-deserving groups.

Keywords:   economic crisis, austerity, severe poverty, responses to the crisis, welfare expansion

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