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Comparative analyses

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427250.003.0005
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This chapter analyses the minimum income protection (MIP) systems in seventeen European countries from a comparative perspective. The first section examines the MIP benefit levels for adults of working age and their families. This section analyses how the generosity of needs-based social citizenship rights moves away from average incomes and other social benefits. From a comparative perspective, the second section discuses the aggregate MIP recipients across countries for three population groups: the total population, adults at working age and persons at pension age. Analysis of these populations highlights the salience of MIP within the overall welfare state and society. Third section of this chapter discusses the expenditure of MIP which is linked to the number of beneficiaries than to generosity. Even with international differences, MIP spending has the tendency to be modest in terms of the share of national GDP or share of total social spending. The fourth section discusses from a comparative perspective the institutional differentiation of national MIP systems in several categorical schemes. Categorical differentiation within the MIP systems illustrates an important dimension of the institutionalisation of basic social citizenship rights. The fourth and last section offers a summary of the patterns of variation. These chapters show how individual countries can be grouped into different families of nations on the basis of the previously analysed dimensions of MIP.

Keywords: minimum income protection; European countries; MIP benefit levels; social citizenship rights; aggregate MIP recipients; expenditure; national MIP systems

Chapter.  32269 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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