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The EU and social inclusion: facing the challenges

Atkinson, Anthony B. (2009) The EU and social inclusion: facing the challenges. Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781861348845

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Social cohesion is one of the declared objectives of the European Union and, with some 16% of EU citizens at risk of poverty, the need to fight poverty and social exclusion continues as a major challenge. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the EU Social Inclusion Process, the means by which it hopes to meet this objective, and explores the challenges ahead at local, regional, national and EU levels. It sets out concrete proposals for taking the Process forward.The book provides a unique analysis of policy formation and assessment. Setting out the evolution and current state of EU cooperation in social policy, it examines what can be learned about poverty and social exclusion from the EU community agreed indicators. Taking the position of outside, but informed, observers, the authors explore the further development of common indicators, including the implications of Enlargement, and consider the challenges of advancing the Social Inclusion Process - strengthening policy analysis, embedding the Process in domestic policies and making it more effective. Proposing the setting of targets and restructuring of National Action Plans and their implementation, they emphasise the need for widespread "ownership" of the Process at domestic and EU level and for it to demonstrate significant progress in reducing poverty and social exclusion.The book will be invaluable to academics, students and policy-makers at sub-national, national and EU levels as well as to social partners, and to NGOs working towards a more inclusive society.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2009 Copyright Policy Press
Divisions: STICERD
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 12:36
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 06:39

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