A handbook of comparative social policy by Patricia Kennett

By Patricia Kennett

The present context of social coverage is one within which the various previous certainties of the earlier were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made method for a extra built-in, overseas and outward method of research which seems past the bounds of the country. it truly is during this context that this guide brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research that allows you to supply accomplished insurance of up to date debates and matters in cross-national social coverage study. Organised round 5 topics, this remarkable quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual facets of project comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are eager about de-centring the country and increasing 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 day by day truth of getting ready for and undertaking cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and concerns that are of specific relevance to knowing the modern social international. foreign in scope, this authoritative guide offers unique innovative examine from prime experts and may develop into an necessary resource of reference for someone drawn to comparative social examine. it's going to additionally end up a precious examine reduction for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from a number of disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city stories 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.

This is not the only way to examine changes in the state; adopting alternative entry points would highlight other aspects of state transformation or, indeed, reveal certain continuities in the state. But the approach adopted here illuminates many of the issues noted above. Accordingly I now define the main features of the KWNS as a benchmark against which to assess recent changes in the state. First, in promoting the conditions for profitable economic growth, the KWNS was distinctively Keynesian insofar as it aimed to secure full employment in a relatively closed national economy and did so mainly through demand-side management and national infrastructural provision.

This does not exclude strategic alliances among states on various scales to Hollowing out the ‘nation-state’ 19 steer interscalar articulation or an eventual new scale of territorial state that has gained the necessary powers and legitimacy to coordinate the proliferating scales of action and to institutionalize new spatio-temporal fixes around this new primary scale. Regarding the dual shift from government to governance included in the second and third trends noted above, we must resist the idealistic fallacy that expansion of non-governmental regimes renders the state redundant.

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