Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781861348845 Published November 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781847424198 Published April 2009 For sale in North and South America only

The EU and Social Inclusion

Facing the Challenges

Eric Marlier, A. B. Atkinson, Bea Cantillon, and Brian Nolan

The EU and Social Inclusion
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Eric Marlier, A. B. Atkinson, Bea Cantillon, and Brian Nolan

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

328 pages | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2007
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781861348845 Published November 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781847424198 Published April 2009 For sale in North and South America only
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 formulation 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 commonly agreed indicators. Taking the position of outside, but informed, observers, the authors explore the further development of the 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 NGOs working towards a more inclusive society.
Contents
List of figures, tables and boxes
List of abbreviations and acronyms
Foreword by Minister Marie-Josée Jacobs
Preface
A one-page summary of contents

1. Introduction
2. The EU Social Inclusion Process and the key issues
3. Exploring statistics on poverty and social exclusion in the EU
4. Strengthening policy analysis
5. EU indicators for poverty and social exclusion
6. Taking forward the EU Social Inclusion Process
7. The EU and Social Inclusion: facing the challenges

References
Appendix 1: Tables
Appendix 2a: Six key EU texts on social protection and social inclusion
Appendix 2b: Common adjectives of the OMC for Social Protection and Social Inclusion as agreed by the March 2006 European Council
Appendix 3: Members of the Steering Committee
Index
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