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

By Patricia Kennett

The present context of social coverage is one within which a few of the previous certainties of the previous were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made approach for a extra built-in, overseas and outward method of research which seems to be past the bounds of the country. it's during this context that this guide brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research in an effort to supply accomplished insurance of latest debates and matters in cross-national social coverage examine. Organised round 5 subject matters, this amazing quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual facets of venture comparative social examine. within the first half, the authors are all in favour of de-centring the kingdom and increasing the epistemological framework during 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 day by day truth of getting ready for and accomplishing cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising topics and concerns that are of specific relevance to figuring out the modern social international. foreign in scope, this authoritative instruction manual provides unique innovative learn from top experts and may develop into an quintessential resource of reference for a person attracted to comparative social study. it is going to additionally end up a helpful learn reduction for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from more than a few disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city reports and public coverage.

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This is associated with a transfer of economic and social policy-making functions upwards, downwards and sideways. On a global level, this can be seen in the growing concern of a growing number of international agencies (such as the IMF, World Bank, OECD and ILO) and intergovernmental forums (such as the G8) with the shaping of current social as well as economic policy agendas. In part, the European Union acts as a relay for these agendashaping efforts and, in part, it has itself played an active role in developing its own agenda for countries beyond its borders.

Social reproduction and servicing might not appear in any set of public statistics, but this is of great significance to human welfare and security. As Benhabib has argued, along with the development of commodity relations in capitalism and the decline of the subsistence household, there was a privatization of the intimate sphere – the production of daily necessities, reproduction, and care of the young, the old and the sick (1992). After a period in which states have largely accepted that they have a role to play in welfare provision, the ‘rolling back of the state’ has meant that responsibility for social reproduction has once again been shifted back into the private realm.

In the twentieth century, the state has assumed a larger role in welfare provision. As will be elaborated below, just how far this expanded role for the state has served to reinforce conventional patterns of gender relations and roles is a matter of some debate. In OECD countries, to varying degrees, globalization has called into question the role of the state as a guarantor of social security through the provision of a range of welfare goods and service. This has encouraged a redefinition of citizenship and ideas about entitlement (Hay and Watson, 2003).

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