Local arena (WP6)

The Local Arena for Combating Poverty

In WP 6 COPE aims to analyse the role of the local level in a multilevel governance system of minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor. The organisation of minimum income schemes reserves in most European countries an important role for the local arena in the provision of support to poor persons. The focal point of a set of local case studies is to analyse the specific role of the local agencies in regulating the programmatic and organisational dimension of minimum income schemes. To identify local implementation processes in a multilevel system of governance of minimum income support, WP 6 executes the following charges:

  • First, the tasks of local agencies responsible for the provision of minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor are analysed.

Secondly, in the attempt to compare European-national-local governance models of minimum income schemes in Europe, this WP analyses the local implementation processes of policies and organisational instruments (marketisation, decentralisation and contractualisation) structuring minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor.

WP 6 will be co-ordinated by SOCH. At the core of research within this WP is one study per country of a local entity on the agencies involved in the delivery of minimum income schemes to long-term unemployed, lone mothers and working poor. For reasons of comparability, COPE will conceptualise the local level as a sub-national urban territorial entity on the NUTS3 level. Local entities might present administrative units, such as a city, town, or county.

  • Based on theoretical considerations and the achievements of research on the national (WP 5) and the European (WP 4) level, the partners will develop a common analytical grid to function as a general methodological reference for empirical research on the local provision of minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor.
  • COPE will set up local stakeholder committees (cf. section 2.1).
  • Each participant will conduct empirical research on the local provision of minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor in one selected urban agglomerations per country.
  • In comparing the influence of the local agencies on the programmatic orientation and organisation (marketisation, decentralisation and contractualisation) of minimum income schemes, this WP contributes to a comprehensive analysis of the multilevel governance of minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor
  • For dissemination, findings of European best practices in the local provision of minimum income schemes for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor will be presented to both local and national stakeholders.