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 prior were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, family preoccupation of social coverage has made approach for a extra built-in, foreign and outward method of research which seems to be past the bounds of the nation. it really is during this context that this guide brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research with a purpose to offer entire insurance of latest debates and concerns in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 topics, this awesome quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual facets of project comparative social study. within the first half, the authors are focused on de-centring the kingdom and increasing the epistemological framework during which cross-national research is explored. In components II and III, the point of interest is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the daily fact of getting ready for and undertaking 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 international. foreign in scope, this authoritative guide offers unique leading edge study from major experts and should develop into an necessary resource of reference for somebody drawn to comparative social learn. it is going to additionally end up a worthy examine relief for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from a number disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city stories and public coverage.

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At the same time there are tendencies to devolve some economic and social policy-making to the 24 A handbook of comparative social policy regional, urban and local levels on the grounds that policies intended to influence the micro-economic supply-side and social regeneration are best designed close to their sites of implementation. In some cases this also involves cross-border cooperation among regional, urban or local spaces. In all three regards, welfare regimes have become more post-national.

Critical IPE rejects the reductionism and determinism of much orthodox Marxist political economy. To understand the dynamic of change in international political economy one must understand how ‘world order’ is embedded in socio-political structures at both the national and transnational levels and how social forces are engendered by different and changing production processes (Gill, 1993). One of the strengths of critical IPE is that it provides a theoretical and analytical framework that puts individual and intentional acts within the context of structural constraint, but that also opens up issues of agency.

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