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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 political and social construction of poverty

Serena Romano

Policy Press

In the last part of the book the main findings of our study are reviewed with a discussion of how the social and political construction of poverty in CEE countries has been driven by normative, functional, institutional and distributive dynamics. An attempt will be made to answer the question: what is the role of the communist past in the transformations that occurred in these welfare states? Are new anti-poverty programmes designed according to old, persistent ideas of deservedness and social justice? How do CEE countries construct the boundaries between the deserving and undeserving poor? Finally, the ethnic dimension will be examined as a silent yet existing variable that is apparently being increasingly used in post-communist countries as a criterion for reducing social rights to specific groups, as is the case of the Roma.

Keywords:   poverty, CEE countries, welfare state, Roma, deserving poor, social rights, post-communist

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