Publication
Title
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived and social citizenship : case study research in Belgium, Lithuania and Portugal
Author
Abstract
Persisting high poverty and social exclusion rates remain a key challenge of European welfare states. The socio-economic consequences following the COVID-19 crisis are challenging the protection of social citizenship and social rights of the most vulnerable. We examine the role of the European Union (EU) in supporting the most vulnerable citizens by focusing on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). Our key question is, if and in which ways the EU strengthens social citizenship and social rights through FEAD. We base our analysis on a document analysis of the Regulation, Member States' operational programmes and results of a survey with food aid organizations in Belgium, Lithuania and Portugal. Our findings suggest that FEAD represents a contradictory case of European action in the field of social citizenship and social rights. On the one hand, FEAD is a highly targeted social policy instrument. On the other hand, food aid, as the main provided instrument, is based on charity and not on social rights. Accompanying social inclusion measures could support beneficiaries in the take-up of social rights, but these measures lack clear rules for implementation and monitoring. We conclude that FEAD seems to contribute to the institutionalization of charitable food aid within national welfare systems.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of European social policy. - Harlow, 1991, currens
Publication
London : Sage publications ltd , 2023
ISSN
0958-9287 [print]
1461-7269 [online]
DOI
10.1177/09589287231207543
Volume/pages
33 :5 (2023) , p. 540-554
ISI
001087633900001
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Changing Welfare States: The Effect of FEAD on the Institutionalization of Food Aid
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 04.12.2023
Last edited 02.01.2024
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