Theory (WP2)

Poverty and Social Inclusion as a Theoretical Challenge

In WP 2 COPE contributes to a better understanding of the theoretical bases of minimum income schemes in Europe. It introduces the project by generating theoretical knowledge on poverty and concludes the project with a synthesis of the policies for combating poverty. Essentially for the project, WP 2 aims to define poverty as a multidimensional problem. Finally, WP 2 will analyse how the five selected EU countries deal at different territorial levels with the challenges of resource-based and capability-oriented concepts of poverty and social exclusion. WP2 will summarise the empirical results of the respective work packages and describe how minimum income schemes in a multilevel system face the challenges of financial poverty, non-monetary deprivation and involvement of the beneficiaries.

The research in WP 2 will be co-ordinated and conducted by NOVA.

  • First we will analyse the practical and political implications of the current debates on poverty, deprivation and social exclusion in order to describe the challenges that minimum income schemes have to deal with. This analysis can also be broken down to different social groups.
  • In a second step the results of the work packages focusing on the European, national, local and individual level of minimum income schemes (WP 4-7) will be synthesised by focusing on the question of how these different governance levels deal with the different practical requirements of policies which focus on the reduction of financial poverty and deprivation, social inclusion and the freedom to choose.
  • In the final step, a typology of the minimum income schemes will be developed on the basis of existing typologies and recent experiences with the co-production and contractualisation of services in a multilevel system.

You can find the paper ‚Political Implications of the Current Debate on Poverty, Deprivation and Social Exclusion in Europe by Bjørn Hvinden & Rune Halvorsen‘ here.