This chapter sets the scene and introduces the context and contents of this book. The book aims to describe the progress made since Lisbon with the EU Social Inclusion Process, and to examine the challenges faced in taking forward the Process in new circumstances. Its central subject is the future implementation of the Social Inclusion Process. The chapter outlines the contents of each of the subsequent chapters, and seeks to set the European debate in a wider global context. Since 2000, there has been significant progress in the EU approach to social inclusion. The discussion also describes the concepts of enlargement, global poverty, and children mainstreaming.
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