Welfare State Reform in Southern Europe

Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal

Edited by Maurizio Ferrera

© 2004 – Routledge

320 pages

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Paperback: 9780415479820
pub: 2008-06-10
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About the Book

This new study delivers a detailed analysis of the efforts being made to reduce poverty and social exclusion in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece. After an initial discussion of the 'southern model' of the welfare state, the situation of each country is clearly illustrated. This book also discusses how the experience of southern Europe might bear upon the situation of the East European accession countries. This is excellent reading for those interested in social change across Europe and beyond.

Table of Contents

1. Welfare States and Social Safety Nets in Southern Europe: An Introduction 2. Greece: Fighting with the Hands Tied Behind the Back 3. Italy: Striving Uphill but Stopping Halfway 4. Spain: Poverty, Social Exclusion and 'Safety Nets' 5. Portugal: A Virtuous Path Towards Minimum Income? 6. Poverty and the Safety Net in Eastern and South Eastern Europe in the Post-Communist Era

About the Editor

Maurizio Ferrera is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Milan. He also directs the Center for Comparative Political Research POLEIS at Bocconi University and the Research Unit on European Governance URGE at the Collegio Carlo Alberto of Moncalieri.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Political Economy of the Welfare State

This series presents leading edge research on the recasting of European welfare states. The series is interdisciplinary, featuring contributions from experts in economics, political science and social policy. The books provide a comparative analysis of topical issues, including:

  • reforms of the major social programmes - pensions, health, social security
  • the changing political cleavages in welfare politics
  • policy convergence and social policy innovation
  • the impact of globalization.

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