This paper examines the exposure to homelessness of socially marginalised groups to understand better the applicability of, and limits to, welfare regime analysis. A vignette methodology is deployed in six European countries to interrogate and compare responses to marginalised groups at high risk of homelessness, including people with substance misuse problems, ex-offenders, young people excluded from the family home, migrants, and women fleeing domestic violence. The evidence suggests that a range of values embedded in national political cultures – including familialism, social cohesion, individuality, personal responsibility, and personal liberty, as well as egalitarianism - impact on models of intervention and outcomes for specific marginalised groups in ways which cannot be straightforwardly predicted from conventional welfare regime analysis.
- welfare regimes
- social marginalisation