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Social assistance in Southern Europe

Gough, Ian ORCID: 0000-0002-0597-3106 (1996) Social assistance in Southern Europe. South European Society and Politics, 1 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1360-8746

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13608749608454714


This article summarizes social assistance programmes and outcomes in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey drawing material from a comparative study of OECD countries. A distinct social assistance regime is identified, characterized by the absence of a national minimum income safety net with categorical schemes for the aged and local discretionary relief for most other groups. Benefits are low or non‐existent and out of line with the rest of Europe. These characteristics are explained in terms of their common structural features and political processes. It is argued that fundamental reforms are unlikely owing to the marginality of social assistance programmes in southern Europe.

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Additional Information: © 1996 Taylor and Francis
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2020 10:48
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 22:33

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