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The national arena for combating poverty - national report: Sweden

  • Anna Angelin
  • Håkan Johansson
  • Max Koch
  • Alexandru Panican
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Document type: Report
Publisher: Oldenburg: University of Oldenburg, Jean Monnet Centre for Europeanisation and Transnational Regulations, Institute for Social Sciences

Abstract english

Abstract in Undetermined

Reducing poverty and social exclusion is one of the main challenges for ensuring social cohesion in Europe. The research project COPE – Combating Poverty in Europe: Re-organising Active Inclusion through Participatory and Integrated Modes of Multilevel Governance’ – analyses trends in poverty and social exclusion in Europe, and examines the dynamics of minimum income protection policies that potentially help alleviate the risk of poverty in Europe. A particular focus is on the situation of single parents, long-term unemployed and the working poor, who face particular risks of poverty and social exclusion. To what extent have minimum income policies functioned as last resort social security for these three groups, and in what sense can ‘active inclusion’ policies credited with protecting them from poverty and social exclusion?

The present report is part of COPE’s effort to uncover the dynamics of national level policy reforms in the area ‘active inclusion’, namely reforms affecting national policies that specify the adequacy of minimum income benefits, the provision of employment services, as well as the organisation of access to social services in Sweden. It focuses particularly on the three groups; single parents, long-term unemployed persons, as well as the working poor.


  • Social Work
  • active inclusion
  • social exclusion
  • poverty
  • combating poverty
  • single mothers
  • long-term unemployed
  • working poor
  • social security
  • minimum income protection
  • risk of poverty
  • minimum income benefits
  • employment services
  • social services
  • active labour market policies
  • third sector
  • public actors
  • non-public actors
  • cooperation
  • national level


Max Koch
E-mail: max [dot] koch [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se


School of Social Work

+46 46 222 12 68


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