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Eroding minimum income protection in the Nordic countries? Reassessing the Nordic model of social assistance

Susan Kuivalainen and Kenneth Nelson

in Changing Social Equality

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426604
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426604.003.0004
Eroding minimum income protection in the Nordic countries? Reassessing the Nordic model of social assistance

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This chapter compares trends in the means-tested minimum income schemes in the four Nordic countries with those in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK over two decades. The chapter challenges the conventional picture of Nordic minimum-income amounting to a small proportion of the overall income protection provided as being generous and able to alleviate poverty to those who receive it. The study shows that the capacity of minimum-income schemes to protect recipients against poverty has been weakened, because of insufficient upgrading for keeping pace with general increases in earnings.

Keywords: minimum income protection; social assistance; social safety net; Nordic welfare model; poverty incidence

Chapter.  7569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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