Structural evil or individual deficiency? The construction of poverty in the Finnish Parliament

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Abstract

This article examines the political standpoints and arguments related to poverty by asking how Finnish politicians understand poverty as a social problem, how they construct the poor as a group, and what policy recommendations they propose to fight poverty. Qualitative content analysis was used to examine minutiae from the interpellation debate on the increasing inequality in Finland in November 2017. Despite an increase in austerity policies and a right-wing government, the poverty discourse remained in alignment with a predominantly structural nature, showcasing the strength of ideological and contextual continuity in terms of poverty policy development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalFinnish journal of social research
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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