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The last safety netA handbook of minimum income protection in Europe$
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Thomas Bahle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427250

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427250.001.0001

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Welfare state contexts

Welfare state contexts

(p.23) Two Welfare state contexts
The last safety net

Thomas Bahle

Vanessa Hubl

Michaela Pfeifer

Policy Press

This chapter examines the welfare contexts in which the minimum income protection (MIP) systems are institutionally embedded. Particular focus is given on the social arrangements of three population groups: unemployed persons, single parents and older persons. These groups have the tendency to fall into the last safety net if other social provisions fail to protect them adequately. The chapter ends by providing hypotheses on the role and salience of MIP systems that are derived from these inter-country variations of protectiveness of social security systems.

Keywords:   welfare contexts, minimum income protection, social arrangements, single parents, social security systems, older persons

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