264 pages | 3 B/W Illus.
The fact that post-socialist EU countries are struggling with implementation of EU's social inclusion policy is well known. But why is that so? Are the problems solely connected to 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 on 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.
List of Contributors
1. Implementing Social Inclusion Policies in Post-socialist EU Countries: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones
Elena Loreni Baciu, Ingrid Fylling and Janne Paulsen Breimo
2. Independent Living in Central and Eastern Europe? The Challenges of Post-socialist Deinstitutionalisation
Teodor Mladenov and Gabor Petri
3. The Limits of Projects: Translating the Social Inclusion of Roma in Serbia
Tijana Moraca and Paul Stubbs
4. Ethnicising 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
Andras L. Pap
6. How Can We Understand the Poor Implementation of Disability Inclusion Policy in Romania?
Johans Tveit Sandvin and Teodor Mircea Alexiu
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
Urszula Bronisz, Andrzej Jakubowski, Magdalena Miszczuk and Andrzej Miszczuk
10. The Promotion of Social Inclusion in the Slovak Education System through "Teach for Slovakia" Programme
Gábor Szüdi and Jaroslava Szüdi
11. The Integrated Approach in Practice: A Framework for Roma Work Inclusion. Case Studies from Romania
Theofild-Andrei Lazăr and Melinda Dincă
12. Inclusion Policies between EU Framework and Post-socialist Heritage
Ingrid Fylling, Elena Loreni Baciu and Janne Paulsen Breimo
Europe is currently undergoing massive change. In the former Eastern Europe, societies are adapting to post-communist regimes and economies and facing the implications of war in the Balkans. In the west the increased integration of the European Union impacts on every aspect of legal, economic and political life. The whole of Europe is going through major transformations in terms of gender, race and class. This series published by Routledge with the European Sociological Association, provides a forum for sociological responses to these developments.