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Combating Poverty in Europe: Re-organising Active Inclusion through Participatory and Integrated Modes of Multilevel Governance

Objective

"To combat poverty, European strategies propose implementing active inclusion policies. However, these policies face serious conceptual questions and governance challenges. Practical implementation is problematic in that social exclusion is a multidimensional problem that goes far beyond financial poverty, necessitating the participatory co-production of individual opportunities. In addition, the complex social needs of the most excluded groups require the integration of different policy fields and the involvement of beneficiaries, civil society and public agencies in the co-production of welfare. This project focuses on the political and organisational challenges of this complex governance model which has evolved from European, national and local policies. Investigating the co-production of active inclusion in a multilevel, multidimensional and multi-stakeholder perspective addresses key questions: How can the combat against poverty be organised in practice? How do European, national and local institutions shape the co-production of active inclusion? How do beneficiaries participate in these policies and how does this shape their life courses?
Project COPE integrates multiple disciplines and experienced social policy researchers. A common theoretical and methodological approach guides the research in each work package. First, we will contextualise poverty as a multidimensional challenge. Secondly, COPE will study how minimum income schemes for three different groups (lone mothers, long-term unemployed, working poor) are organised in five EU countries (Italy, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the UK) and how they cope with multilevel and multi-stakeholder modes of co-producing active inclusion policies. As these countries cover different welfare regimes, the results will have direct EU-wide relevance. To conclude, we will analyse the impact of these approaches on the individually perceived situation of the poor and the life courses of the most vulnerable social groups."

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2011-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Address
Ammerlaender Heerstrasse 114-118
26129 Oldenburg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 471 750
Administrative Contact
Joerg Stahlmann (Mr.)

Participants (6)

NORSK INSTITTUT FOR FORSKNING OM OP PVEKST VELFERD OG ALDRING

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Munthes Gate 29
0260 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bjørn Hvinden (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 366 615
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nisha Patel (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 228 169,20
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stabilini Giamprima (Ms.)
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 275 729
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wieslawa Kozek (Prof.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 364 276
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Håkan Johansson (Dr.)
OSLOMET - STORBYUNIVERSITETET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 287 326
Address
Pilestredet 46
0167 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bjørn Hvinden (Prof.)