Women's Homelessness and Welfare States

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This chapter discusses the relationships between women's homelessness and European welfare states. Exploring existing ideas about how the characteristics of welfare states may influence homelessness, this chapter argues that the predominant thesis about the relationships between homelessness and welfare regimes has neglected gender difference. The extent to which welfare states within different welfare regimes may have an independent effect on the nature and extent of women’s homelessness is discussed. It is argued that while there is an ongoing need to better understand how welfare states may influence women’s homelessness, there are enough data to suggest that women’s experience of homelessness can be at least partially determined by the design of welfare states. However, it is also the case that multiple, diverse variables may influence women’s experience of homelessness, how homeless women interact with welfare states, and also how welfare states themselves operate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen's Homelessness in Europe
EditorsPaula Mayock, Joanne Bretherton
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-54515-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Homelessness
  • Gender

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