Welfare state contexts

Thomas Bahle, Vanessa Hubl and Michaela Pfeifer

in The last safety net

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427250
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303879 | DOI:
Welfare state contexts

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This chapter examines the welfare contexts in which the minimum income protection (MIP) systems are institutionally embedded. Particular focus is given on the social arrangements of three population groups: unemployed persons, single parents and older persons. These groups have the tendency to fall into the last safety net if other social provisions fail to protect them adequately. The chapter ends by providing hypotheses on the role and salience of MIP systems that are derived from these inter-country variations of protectiveness of social security systems.

Keywords: welfare contexts; minimum income protection; social arrangements; single parents; social security systems; older persons

Chapter.  12433 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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