Social Exclusion and Children: A European view for a US debate

Innocenti Working Papers 90

Social Exclusion and Children: A European view for a US debate
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Micklewright, John;
  • Publisher
    • IRC
  • Date of Publication
    • 2002
  • Pages
    • 40
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 299U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


The concept of social exclusion has been widely debated in Europe but its application to children has seen relatively little discussion. What the social exclusion of children can lead to is the first main theme of the paper, where among other things, the choice of reference group, the geographical dimension of exclusion, and the issue of who is responsible for any exclusion of children are considered. The second main theme is the use of the concept of exclusion in the USA, where in contrast to Europe it has achieved little penetration to date. To assess whether there is fertile ground for discussion of social exclusion as it relates to children in the US, various features of US society and institutions including the measurement of poverty, analysis of children's living standards, state versus federal responsibilities, welfare reform and the emphasis on 'personal responsibility', are all considered.


Thematic area

Industrialized Countries   / 


child poverty   /  child welfare   /  discrimination based on social origin   /  economic indicators   /  economic policy   /