The Political and Social Construction of Poverty

Central and Eastern European Countries in Transition

Serena Romano

The Political and Social Construction of Poverty

Serena Romano

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447312710 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This book is the first to examine the social and political construction of anti-poverty programs in Central and Eastern Europe, which has faced serious hardships as it has transitioned from communist rule to capitalism beset by economic crisis. It explores a range of different attitudes held about poverty-stricken people and illustrates how the distinction between deserving and undeserving poor has evolved over the years, effected by external pressures from groups like the European Union and World Bank. By examining poverty policies against the commonly held attitudes about the poor that have influenced them, Serena Romano offers a new understanding of the many ways that different post-communist welfare states have dealt with—and understood—citizens facing economic hardship. 
Contents
Preface

Part One: The construction of poverty before 1989
Social policy in Central Eastern Europe
The lifespan of a model: the construction of poverty
Poverty in transition

Part Two: Poverty and welfare reforms after the transition
East meets West: CEE countries, monetary institutions and the European Social Model
The new poor in the new Europe: the end of a stigma?
The construction of poverty in times of austerity
Conclusions
Review Quotes
Critical Social Policy
“An important contribution to social policy studies.”
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