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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 new poor in the new Europe: the end of a stigma?

The new poor in the new Europe: the end of a stigma?

(p.129) FIVE The new poor in the new Europe: the end of a stigma?
The political and social construction of poverty

Serena Romano

Policy Press

Chapter five discusses how CEE countries as new EU member states had to shift from the former residual social safety net to a new “inclusive” approach to anti-poverty measures as advocated by EU institutions. It describes the main challenges that post-communist countries had to deal with in the construction of minimum income schemes and in the adoption of new ideas of social justice, mainly shaped by the condition of need as a main criterion regulating the individual right to state assistance. This chapter also traces the main patterns of poverty in CEE countries until 2008. It shows how during those years CEE countries started diverging significantly in their construction of poverty in accordance with internal priorities and visions underlying the distinction between deserving and non-deserving categories of poor.

Keywords:   Lisbon Strategy, Minimum Income Schemes, social assistance, social integration, CEE countries

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