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Introduction

Amilcar Moreira

in The activation dilemma

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420466
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303695 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420466.003.0001
Introduction

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Minimum income schemes have an important role in the overall architecture of social protection systems in Europe and other advanced economies. Commonly known as social assistance or as safety-nets, these schemes provide income protection for those in need and marginalised income groups. They are the most evident expression of societal commitment that all individuals are entitled to a dignified existence and that no one should experience unwanted need. Minimum income schemes are schemes that provide financial safety-nets for people with income below the national social minimum. Because of...

Keywords: minimum income; social protection; Europe; social assistance; safety-nets; dignified existence; activation; minimum income

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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