Breadline Europe: The Measurement of Poverty

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David Gordon, Peter Townsend
Policy Press, 2000 - Political Science - 465 pages
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Since 1990, the World Bank, most of the other international agencies and an increasing number of governments have committed themselves to the eradication of poverty. But the basis of their work badly needs overhaul and concerted verification. Breadline Europe provides a scientific and international basis for the analysis and reduction of poverty. It demonstrates that there is far more important research into the problem of poverty going on in many countries of Europe than the international agencies and national governments admit or even realise. Knowledge of the major scientific advances in research needs to be spread among other countries within as well as outside Europe.Breadline Europe has been written by a number of leading European poverty researchers and has three main themes: the need for a scientific poverty line: for better definition and measurement of what is the biggest and rapidly growing international social problem; the need for better theories distinguishing between poverty and social exclusion, with the corresponding policies calculated to diminish these problems;the need for better international social policy and for better policy-related analyses of poverty: for more exact analysis of the year-by-year contribution of specific policies to poverty.This is the first book to examine poverty in Europe within the international framework agreed at the 1995 World Summit on Social Development. Breadline Europe provides up-to-date, essential reading for social science undergraduates and postgraduate students. It will also be of considerable interest to policy makers and NGOs with a concern for poverty reduction.

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the measurement of poverty in Europe
Resolving poverty the need for a scientific consensus
the implications of the 1995
four Measuring absolute and overall poverty
a European history and
a new research methodology
poverty purpose and closure
eight Poverty inequality and health
eleven Child poverty in comparative perspective
twelve Poverty and the poor in Central and Eastern Europe
thirteen Poverty in Hungary and in Central and Eastern Europe
fourteen Measurement and definitions of poverty in Russia
fifteen What is social exclusion?
concepts and evidence
the wider context for
eighteen Conclusion

nine Poverty in Finland and Europe
a comparison of income

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David Gordon, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and Peter Townsend, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics and Political Science