The Politics of Minimum Income

Explaining Path Departure and Policy Reversal in the Age of Austerity

  • Marcello Natili

Part of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (RECOWE)

About this book


Minimum income schemes (MIS) have become key social protection institutions for European citizens, but we know little regarding the logic and dynamics of institutional change in this policy field. This book provides an analytical model that will facilitate an understanding of the scope and direction of recent reforms, offering insight into the conditions under which minimum income schemes are introduced, expanded or retrenched.

Natili presents a comparative analysis of policy trajectories of minimum income schemes in Italy and Spain between the mid-1980s and 2015. Although these two countries had similar points of departure, and faced comparable functional pressures and institutional constraints, they experienced remarkably different developments in this policy field in the last two decades. This comparative analysis provides empirical evidence of the impacts of different types of credit-claiming dynamics resulting from the interaction of socio-political demand with political supply. The Politics of Minimum Income also assesses the reform processes both in countries that have introduced MIS in the age of austerity (such as Portugal) and in countries that have retrenched them (Austria and Denmark).


Minimum income schemes anti-poverty transfers Italy Spain Autonomous communities

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  • Marcello Natili
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Milan MilanItaly

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