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Post-COVID-19 poverty in France: magnitude, manifestations, and actors from nine case studies

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Drawing on the French case, this article examines the size and scope of poverty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the diversity of its manifestations, and the role of public action (among other actors) in addressing it. This reflection unfolds at the confluence between the international literature on the economic effects of COVID-19 around the world and the methodological and conceptual issues on poverty. Following a research report to the French government in 2021, a new academic collaboration is initiated to assess the conceptual issues underlying its nine quantitative, qualitative and participatory studies. A thematic analysis is used to elaborate on an original framework. COVID-19 not only had detrimental economic effects on specific groups, such as precarious workers and students but also serious effects on social isolation, mental health, access to welfare and public services. Together with assessing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty in France, this paper highlights the lack of recognition of community support in the face of hard times. The COVID-19 outbreak has not only deteriorated socioeconomic situations in France, but it has also unmasked structural, long-term components of poverty. The paper discusses three policy implications of these revelations, concerning a) the monitoring of non-monetary dimensions of poverty, b) the needs of various groups under a welfare state with a dual structure, and c) the role of communities in public policy schemes.
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hal-03852401 , version 1 (15-11-2022)

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Célia Bouchet, Nicolas Duvoux. Post-COVID-19 poverty in France: magnitude, manifestations, and actors from nine case studies. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, In press, pp.19. ⟨10.1108/IJSSP-07-2022-0182⟩. ⟨hal-03852401⟩
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