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Absolute Poverty in EuropeInterdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon$
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Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001

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Absolute poverty in Europe: introduction

Absolute poverty in Europe: introduction

(p.1) 1 Absolute poverty in Europe: introduction
Absolute Poverty in Europe

Helmut P. Gaisbauer

Gottfried Schweiger

Clemens Sedmak

Policy Press

This introduction examines three challenges – methods, concepts, politics – that can help to grasp what could be meant by absolute poverty in Europe and why it is something that deserves attention from politics as well as from research. A focus on absolute poverty in Europe, instead of on relative poverty and also shifting the conceptual language in this regard, is important because it challenges what can be called the “relative poverty paradigm” which has emerged as the dominant one in Europe over the past decades.

Keywords:   absolute poverty, relative poverty paradigm, Europe, methods, concepts, politics

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