Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries

With increasing numbers of national and international studies showing that increasing poverty and inequality have been widespread, there are increasing calls to better understand the determinants of poverty and its relation to exclusion. This book examines the nature of poverty and exclusion in a broad range of rich countries and draws on that evidence to identify underlying causes and propose remedies.
Peter Saunders, Roy Sainsbury
boek | verschenen | 1e editie
september 2010 | xii + 288 blz.

€ 85,-

ISBN 9789400000308

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Despite strong and sustained economic growth in the period prior to the onset of the global financial crisis, increasing numbers of national and international studies have shown that inequality, poverty and social exclusion have remained widespread and resistant to change. This has led to calls to better understand the determinants of poverty, its relation to inequality and exclusion and the role that social security (and other) policies can play in addressing these issues. This book – the 16th in the International Series on Social Security - brings together contributions from many of the world leaders in the field, using the best international and national data to examine the nature of poverty and draw on that evidence to establish patterns, identify underlying causes and propose remedies that are applicable to a broad range of countries.

Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries applies the latest comparative data to examine recent trends in inequality poverty and exclusion in OECD and EU countries. It focuses on examining how income inequality and poverty vary within and between countries, the gender dimension of poverty, the role and impact of social security and other social protection policies and the implications for policy in these and related areas. Topics addressed in the national studies examine more thoroughly evidence on poverty and exclusion in countries as diverse as Australia, Denmark, Japan and Sweden. These papers highlight important new findings relating to the adequacy of social security benefits, child poverty in poor neighbourhoods, the profile and determinants of social exclusion, poverty dynamics among new labour market entrants and the impact of relationship breakdown on social exclusion.

The book is essential reading for poverty researchers, policy makers in social security and related fields and students interested in a single source that brings together major recent developments in theory, measurement, data availability and practice.

Aya K. Abe, Miroslav Beblavý, Jonathan Bradshaw, Koen Caminada, Bea Cantillon, Anders Bøggild Christensen, David de Vaus, Michael F. Förster, Janet C. Gornick, Kees Goudswaard, Matthew Gray, Bjorn Gustafsson, Markus Jäntti, Mats Johansson, Torun Österberg, Edward Palmer, Lixia Qu, Roy Sainsbury, Peter Saunders, David Stanton and Maria Vaalavuo.

About this book:

‘This important collection provides an up-to-date assessment of poverty, social exclusion and inequality in high and middle income countries. Using a range of cutting-edge methodological techniques, comparative analysis and single country case studies, the chapters provide valuable insights into the role of social security in poverty alleviation and the reduction of social inequalities.’
Professor Michael Noble, University of Oxford

‘The essays in this timely volume present an important contribution to our understanding of differences and trends in inequality, poverty and exclusion and the factors that drive them, especially in these highly uncertain times. The book is essential reading for researchers and policy makers interested in both national and international experiences with social security programs in a dynamic, diverse and ever-changing field’
Professor Timothy Smeeding, Director Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Table of Contents (p. 0)

Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries: Introduction and Overview (p. 1)

Peter Saunders, Roy Sainsbury


Poverty and Social Security in the Rich Egalitarian EU Member States (p. 11)

Poverty in the OECD Area: Patterns and Longer-Term Trends (p. 35)

Women, Poverty, and Social Policy Regimes: A Cross-National Analysis (p. 63)

How Well is Social Expenditure Targeted to the Poor? (p. 97)

Comparative Analysis of Determinants and Effects of Social Protection Spending in the New EU Member States (p. 113)

The Impact of Public Services on Inequality in Income Distribution in the Nordic Welfare States (p. 133)


Deprivation, Social Exclusion and Social Security in Australia (p. 153)

The Myth of Egalitarian Society: Poverty and Social Exclusion in Japan (p. 175)

The Dynamics of Poverty in the Swedish Welfare State – A Study of Labour Force Debutants in Hard and Easy Times (p. 201)

Neighbourhood Child Poverty in Sweden (p. 223)

Inequality and Poverty in the Danish Welfare State: Recent Developments and Driving Forces (p. 241)

The Effect of Relationship Breakdown on Income and Social Exclusion (p. 265)

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