A Handbook of Comparative Social Policy (Elgar Original by Patricia Kennett PDF

By Patricia Kennett

ISBN-10: 1840648864

ISBN-13: 9781840648867

The present context of social coverage is one during which some of the outdated certainties of the earlier were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made means for a extra built-in, overseas and outward method of research which seems past the limits of the country. it really is during this context that this instruction manual brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research so one can offer complete insurance of up to date debates and concerns in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 issues, this extraordinary quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual points of project comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are inquisitive about de-centring the country and lengthening the epistemological framework in which cross-national research is explored. In components II and III, the focal point is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the daily truth of getting ready for and engaging in cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and matters that are of specific relevance to realizing the modern social global. foreign in scope, this authoritative guide offers unique leading edge examine from top experts and may develop into an integral resource of reference for someone attracted to comparative social learn. it is going to additionally turn out a beneficial research reduction for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from quite a number disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city stories and public coverage.

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The women’s movement has challenged the neoliberal economic development paradigm that the Bank promotes and which might be responsible for 30 A handbook of comparative social policy accelerating rates of female immiseration in developing countries (Meyer and Prugl, 1999). The UN Women’s Conferences and accompanying NGO forums have provided an international forum in which to debate and to lobby governments on key gender issues (Bystydzienski, 1992; Meyer and Prugl, 1999). The chapter concludes with some reflections on the possibilities that now exist for women’s NGOs specifically to influence policy debates in both national and international contexts and the dilemmas and possible dangers in engaging in such a project.

The extent to which significant factors that impinge upon welfare provision are now beyond the control of individual nationstates is also at the core of the current interest in globalization and social policy. A global economy means that it is difficult for national policies to address economic and social problems ‘without reference to what is going on in the rest of the world’ (Hill, 1996: 187). Moreover, as Yeates argues, globalization requires more sustained attention to the global context of social policy, because ‘the causes of social problems and their solutions are not necessarily confined to national institutions and structures’ (Yeates, 2001: 17).

From the late 1960s the politics of the New Left, the shift away from class politics and the new emphasis on diverse social identities, served to extend the idea of reducing inequality to other social groups (Mishra, 1996). As women were brought into the policy debate, feminists were able to challenge gender-biased policies. Thus far the discussion has centred on developed or OECD countries. In developing countries the provision of social and economic security depended upon an array of informal arrangements, but the welfare and well-being of families and communities largely depended upon the unpaid labour of women.

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