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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Vulnerability in European Cities

The Role of Local Welfare in Times of Crisis

ISBN 9781137346919
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Work and Welfare in Europe

What has been the impact of the rise of new social risks and of the recent economic crisis on social cohesion of contemporary cities in Europe? Based on original research carried out in twenty cities in ten different countries, this book provides a new, extensive, empirically-based analysis of social and economic transformations driving the emergence of new social risks in European cities in the last two decades. What are the main factors and mechanisms contributing to the rise of social vulnerability in urban contexts? What are the material conditions and coping strategies adopted by vulnerable groups to deal with these risks? And, finally, what is the role played by local welfare systems in times of welfare retrenchment at the national level? The focus of the book is on urban contexts: it is in cities that most of the new social risks are concentrated and welfare policies face the most dramatic tensions in times of austerity.

Costanzo Ranci is Professor of Economic Sociology and Social Policy at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. His latest publications include Social Vulnerability in Europe: The New Configuration of Social Risks (Palgrave, 2009) and Reforms in Long-Term Care Policies in Europe (edited with Emmanuele Pavolini).

Taco Brandsen is Professor of Comparative Public Administration at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His most recent publications include New Public Governance, the Third Sector and Co-Production (with Bram Verschuere and Victor Pestoff) and Civicness in the Governance and Delivery of Social Services (with Adalbert Evers and Paul Dekker).

Stefania Sabatinelli teaches Social Policies at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Her recent publications include Nothing on the Move or Just Going Private? Understanding the Freeze on Child- and Eldercare Policies and the Development of Care Markets in Italy (with Barbara Da Roit).

1. New Social Risks and the Role of Local Welfare: An Introduction; Costanzo Ranci, Taco Brandsen and Stefania Sabatinelli
2. Social Cohesion and Global Competitiveness: Clustering Cities; Marianna d'Ovidio and Costanzo Ranci
PART II: Structural Mechanisms and Social Policy in Local Welfare Systems
3. Changing Labor Markets and the Place of Local Policies; Manuel Aguilar Hendrickson and Stefania Sabatinelli
4. Changing Family Needs and Local Childcare Policies; Laurent Fraisse and Anna Escobedo
5. Cities of Migration: the Challenges of Social Inclusion; Giuliana Costa and Benjamin Ewert
6. Urban Housing Systems in Times of Crisis; Giuliana Costa, Goiko Bežovan, Pietro Palvarini and Taco Brandsen
7. Young People Experiencing Work Precariousness: Risks and Opportunities; Lara Maestripieri and Stefania Sabatinelli
8. Lone Mothers: Care Arrangements Between Support and Isolation; Renata Siemieńska and Ilona Matysiak
9. Vulnerable Migrants: Coping Strategies and Multiple Paths to Social Exclusion; Sandro Cattacin and Patricia Naegeli
10. Local Welfare Systems in Europe in the Age of Austerity; Costanzo Ranci, Taco Brandsen and Stefania Sabatinelli

Manuel Aguilar, University of Barcelona, Spain
Gojko Bežovan, University of Zagreb, Crotia
Sandro Cattacin, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Giuliana Costa, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Marianna d'Ovidio, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Anna Escobedo, University of Barcelona, Spain
Benjamin Ewert, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Laurent Fraisse, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Economique, France
Lara Maestripieri, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Ilona Matysiak, University of Warsaw, Poland
Patricia Naegeli, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Pietro Palvarini, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Renata Siemieńska, University of Warsaw, Italy


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