EU Social Inclusion Policies in Post-Socialist Countries: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Perspectives on Implementation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

EU Social Inclusion Policies in Post-Socialist Countries

Top-Down and Bottom-Up Perspectives on Implementation, 1st Edition

Edited by Ingrid Fylling, Elena Loreni Baciu, Janne Irén Paulsen Breimo

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264 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Acknowledgements

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

Joanna Kostka

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

Ryszard Szarfenberg

8. Social Inclusion and Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Slovakia

Alexandra Strážnická

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

Index

About the Editors

Ingrid Fylling holds a position as associate professor in Sociology at Nord University, Norway. Her main research interest is in disability studies and studies of local welfare services. She is also a board member of the Nordic Network for Disability Research. Latest publication (co-authored): Fylling, I. og L. Melbøe (2019): Culturalisation, Homogenisation, Assimilation? Intersectional perspectives on the living conditions for Sami people with Disabilities. Accepted for publication in Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 2019.

Janne Paulsen Breimo is a professor in social work at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Nord University, Norway. Her research interests include social policy and social welfare. She is the chair of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on the Sociology of Social Policy and Social Welfare (RN26). Co-authored publications: Romanian Roma: An Institutional Ethnography of Labour Market Exclusion (2016), Networking Enforced – Comparing Social Services’ Collaborative Rationales across Different Welfare Regimes (2016), Planning individually? Spotting international welfare trends in the field of rehabilitation in Norway (2016).

Elena-Loreni Baciu is an Associate Professor at the Social Work Department from the West University of Timisoara, Romania and a co-founder of the Research-Action Centre on Discrimination and Social Inclusion at the same University. (Co) Authored publications: Between Equality and Discrimination: Disabled Persons in Romania (2017); Exploring the social relations of Roma employability (2016); Romanian Roma: An Institutional Ethnography of Labour Market Exclusion (2016).

About the Series

Studies in European Sociology

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.    

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General