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Social assistance and minimum income benefits in old and new EU democracies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 19, no 4, 367-378 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, social assistance developments are analysed in a large number of European Union (EU) member states, including European transition countries and the new democracies of southern Europe. The empirical analysis is based on the unique and recently established SaMip Dataset, which provides social assistance benefit levels for 27 countries from 1990 to 2005. It is shown that social assistance benefits have had a less favourable development than that of unemployment provision. Hardly any of the investigated countries provide social assistance benefits above the EU near-poverty threshold. Social assistance benefit levels have not converged in Europe. Instead, divergence can be observed, which is due mainly to lagging developments in eastern and southern Europe.

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2010. Vol. 19, no 4, 367-378 p.
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Social Sciences
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42300DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00671.xISI: 000280975200002OAI: diva2:344931
Available from: 2010-08-23 Created: 2010-08-23 Last updated: 2011-11-21Bibliographically approved

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