The fact that post-socialist European Union (EU) countries are struggling with implementation of the EU's social inclusion policy is well known. But why is that so? Are the problems solely connected with how inclusion policies are enforced, or could it just as likely be the way policies are designed that creates challenges? This book explores experiences with inclusion policy implementation in seven different post-socialist EU countries. It focuses particularly on two groups of people in constant danger of social exclusion: people with Roma background and people with disabilities.
So far, researchers have studied these issues primarily through policy analysis, and thus not provided knowledge on what actually happens in local contexts where welfare services are produced. This book sheds light on implementation processes at different levels, both at the policy level and in local welfare production. The picture painted here is one of complex and conflicting considerations in inclusion policy implementation, between historical and cultural heritage from the communist period, and EU inclusion policy based on Western European political principles.
This book will appeal to undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as postdoctoral students in social science, disability studies, educational science, and others. The book will also be useful for researchers and others interested in the development of inclusion policies and EU integration issues.
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1. Implementing Social Inclusion Policies in Post-socialist EU Countries: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones. 2. Independent Living in Central and Eastern Europe? The Challenges of Post-socialist Deinstitutionalization. 3. The Limits of Projects: Translating the Social Inclusion of Roma in Serbia. 4. Ethnicizing Poverty, Implementation of Structural Funds in Slovakia. 5. Policies for Whom? Roma as Ethnic and/or National Minorities: The Case of Hungary and the European Union. 6. How Can We Understand the Poor Implementation of Disability Inclusion Policy in Romania?. 7. EU Social Inclusion Policy Implementation in Poland 1989–2018. 8. Social Inclusion and Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Slovakia. 9. Social Economy Entities as a Practical Instrument to Enhance Social Inclusion in Poland. 10. The Promotion of Social Inclusion in the Slovak Education System through "Teach for Slovakia" Programme. 11. The Integrated Approach in Practice: A Framework for Roma Work Inclusion. Case Studies from Romania. 12. Inclusion Policies between EU Framework and Post-socialist Heritage.