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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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Faith-based organisations as actors in the charity economy: a case study of food assistance in Finland

Faith-based organisations as actors in the charity economy: a case study of food assistance in Finland

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(p.267) 13 Faith-based organisations as actors in the charity economy: a case study of food assistance in Finland
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Absolute Poverty in Europe
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Anna Sofia Salonen

Tiina Silvasti

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0013

This chapter traces the concept of absolute poverty in the developing EU social policy agenda from the beginning in the 1970s up to the EU 2020 process. Thereby it also scrutinizes whether the concept of absolute poverty or closely related concepts of extreme poverty or homelessness do trigger, accompany or frame distinct policy developments for tackling such severe forms of poverty. It shows that the European Commission is a key player in starting and promoting such policies. While the paradigm of relative poverty takes centre stage in most of the related concerns and developments it can be shown that absolute poverty repeatedly surfaces as a complementary concern, be it at the level of discourse, e. g. during the European Year Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion, or on the level of instruments, like the European Fund for the Most Deprived.

Keywords:   absolute poverty, extreme poverty, homelessness, EU social policy agenda, EU 2020 process

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