This article explores the poverty phenomenon and anti-poverty policies in Italy, before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to contribute to the mainstream literature on policy change, looking at how the convergence of multiple streams (problem, policy, and political) contributed to achieving the adoption of the Italian Minimum Income scheme, the Citizenship Income. Despite increasing political and public awareness of poverty, the 2022 Budget Law failed to achieve a structural reform-considering amendments proposed by the Ministry of Social Policy's Commission and the Italian Anti-Poverty Network-to improve both the equity and efficiency of the anti-poverty measure. Strong path dependency in the conceptualization and implementation of the anti-poverty tool is still evident; policy change thus has a long way to go.

Fostering Policy Change in Anti-Poverty Schemes in Italy: Still a Long Way to Go / F. Maino, C.V. DE TOMMASO. - In: SOCIAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-0760. - 11:8(2022), pp. 327.1-327.22. [10.3390/socsci11080327]

Fostering Policy Change in Anti-Poverty Schemes in Italy: Still a Long Way to Go

F. Maino
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C.V. DE TOMMASO
2022

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This article explores the poverty phenomenon and anti-poverty policies in Italy, before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to contribute to the mainstream literature on policy change, looking at how the convergence of multiple streams (problem, policy, and political) contributed to achieving the adoption of the Italian Minimum Income scheme, the Citizenship Income. Despite increasing political and public awareness of poverty, the 2022 Budget Law failed to achieve a structural reform-considering amendments proposed by the Ministry of Social Policy's Commission and the Italian Anti-Poverty Network-to improve both the equity and efficiency of the anti-poverty measure. Strong path dependency in the conceptualization and implementation of the anti-poverty tool is still evident; policy change thus has a long way to go.
minimum income; poverty; policy change; COVID-19 pandemic
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