Problematising Emergency and Poverty Management

This chapter explores and synthesises what welfare agencies perceive to be the main consequences of austerity on their day-to-day operations. Issues that concern financial barriers (unemployment benefits and uninsured persons), organisational deficiencies (strict shelter admission regulations and/or lack of expertise), or cultural constraints (stigmatisation and discrimination in public health services) are placed within a broader perspective of contradictory features and a hybrid nature of existing provisions. Along with assessing the perceived effects of austerity policies, we consider the combined aspects of clientelism, antagonisms, and preferential treatment by some agencies, which beset the system of services. Last, the chapter briefly reviews the history of anti-poverty and housing rights advocacy in Greece and its contribution to policy shaping and learning, towards an integrated anti-poverty strategy.

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Contested Landscapes of Poverty and Homelessness In Southern Europe