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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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Country analyses1

Country analyses1

(p.53) Three Country analyses1
The last safety net

Thomas Bahle

Vanessa Hubl

Michaela Pfeifer

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the institutional structure and quantitative development of national minimum income protection (MIP) systems. In this chapter, seventeen countries are studied and each of the countries is presented in a separate section. Each section is organised as follows: the first part studies the role of MIP in the overall social security system from a historical perspective. The second part describes the present welfare state context of the MIP systems on three policy areas: unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, and family policies. This second part relates to the comparative analysis of the welfare states presented in the previous chapter. The third part provides an overview of each of the country's MIP systems. This part shows which schemes exist, when they are introduced, who the target groups are, and how these schemes can be generally characterised. For each of the countries, a summary table is presented to illustrate the main components of the MIP system of the particular country. The fourth and final part analyses the development of MIP receipt from 1992 to 2010. For each country, a table that shows the development of the recipient numbers in the main MIP schemes are provided. Included as well are the total and long-term unemployment rates of each country. This approach allows for the explanation of the development of MIP receipt in the context of problem pressures, for which unemployment is a key indicator. Data on the recipients were taken from the EUM in database while data on unemployment were taken from the Eurostat official website.

Keywords:   minimum income protection, social security system, welfare states, target groups, unemplyoment insurance, pensions, family policies

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