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Social protection policies for young people: a cross-national comparison

Gill Jones

in Young people in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345882.003.0003
Social protection policies for young people: a cross-national comparison

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This chapter talks about the recent social-protection policies for young people in Europe. It notes that the provision of economic support for young people depends on the boundary of responsibility between state and the family, which is of course strongly influenced by recent adaptations of welfare systems in general. The chapter demonstrates that youth policies are based on different constructions of youth as a category, which becomes manifest among other things in different age divisions for different policy measures. Next, it shows a detailed overview of state provisions for young people across Europe, covering minimum wages, social assistance, unemployment, housing and child benefits, and the funding of post-compulsory school-age education. Lastly, the chapter provides an overview of expectations of parental support across Europe.

Keywords: social-protection policies; young people; Europe; economic support; state; family; welfare systems; minimum wages; social assistance; education

Chapter.  9035 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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