36 Critical Soc. Pol'y 3 (2016)

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Policies and discourses of poverty
during a time of recession and

University of Bristol, England

This article introduces this themed issue which challenges government
policies and discourses using evidence  from  the UK 2012  Poverty  and
Social Exclusion Study. Policies and discourses prioritising the role of
individual deficiencies and highlighting the structural problems of the
welfare state in poverty causation are nothing new.  However,  they re-
emerged  vigorously in the UK following the 2007-8 global financial crisis
and ensuing economic   recession. The articles forming this themed issue
seek to challenge in different ways this prevailing discourse. This intro-
ductory article draws upon Bacchi's 'what is the problem represented to
be' ('WPR')  approach to examine  the ways  in which poverty was  prob-
lematised  by the Conservative- Liberal Democrat  Coalition government
(2010-15). It argues that this problematisation silenced structural pro-
cesses associated with the government's commitment to   neo-liberalism,
resulting in devastating, socially harmful consequences.

Key words
poverty, recession austerity, social harm

Corresponding author:
Christina Pantazis, School for Policy Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol,
8 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TZ, England.
Email: c.pantazis@bristol.ac.uk

Critical Social Policy 2016, Vol. 36(1): 3-20
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DOI: 10.1177/0261018315620377 csp.sagepub.com

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