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Social Policy in Challenging TimesEconomic Crisis and Welfare Systems$
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Kevin Farnsworth and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428288

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428288.001.0001

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Poverty, the crisis and social policy responses in developing countries

Poverty, the crisis and social policy responses in developing countries

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(p.101) Six Poverty, the crisis and social policy responses in developing countries
Source:
Social Policy in Challenging Times
Author(s):
Armando Barrientos
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428288.003.0006

The chapter examines the role and significance of social policies in developing countries, and especially social assistance, against the context of the crisis. It argues that although emergency responses to the crisis might be a necessity in certain contexts, they seldom lead to effective and long-lasting institutions to address poverty and vulnerability. The emergence of social assistance programmes in developing countries demonstrates that it is important to focus on programmes which address ‘current’ and ‘future’ poverty through strengthening the economic and social inclusion of households in poverty. Social policy responses to the crisis need to be articulated around existing programmes and with a firm focus on the post-crisis world.

Keywords:   poverty, crisis, social assistance, developing countries, social inclusion

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