Corporate Power and Social Policy in a Global Economy: by Kevin Farnsworth

By Kevin Farnsworth

Spanning the entire period of the Conservative governments and the 1st time period of recent Labour, this publication appears at mechanisms of company energy and effect; company opinion and effect in a number of social coverage parts together with: schooling, education, well-being and social safety; altering enterprise impression on social coverage lately in a global context and enterprise involvement in social coverage projects and welfare delivery.

By exploring company perspectives and critiques, energy, effect and involvement in social provision, this ebook is helping to deal with very important questions in social coverage and, in so doing, is going a way in the direction of final a gaping gap within the present literature. The book's breadth and multidisciplinary technique will charm not just to scholars of social coverage, but in addition to scholars of commercial, public region administration and politics, their lecturers and coverage makers within the box.

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However, most importantly, state officials are portrayed as innovators of social and public policies rather than merely being responsive to external forces (Skocpol, 1979). In addition, once state services are set up by statute, bureaucrats are often able to expand them without new legislation (Alber, 1982, cited in Huber et al, 1993, p 722). The fact that bureaucrats are to some extent sheltered from public scrutiny does provide some capacity for policy development based on the goals and interests of key individuals (Martin, 1989, p 194) which, according to at least one school of thought, do not include efficiency (Niskanen, 1971).

Conversely, a strong and unified Right will challenge the development of a strong Left and so impede welfare state growth. The only exception here is education. In the area of education spending there is a strong correlation, according to Castles (1989, p 25 Corporate power and social policy in a global economy 432), between the political dominance of parties of the Right and generosity of expenditure. Once universal suffrage was established, institutionalised struggle became an extremely powerful weapon for workers to extract favourable policy reforms from the ruling classes, including business (Korpi, 1989; Esping-Andersen, 1990, p 16).

The task in this chapter is to gauge the extent to which economic globalisation impacts on corporate structural power and assess the possible implications of this for social provision. Economic globalisation and the welfare state According to Martin and Schumann (1997, p 7), economic globalisation acts as a ‘pincer movement’ that is turning whole countries and social orders upside down. On one front, it threatens to pull out altogether according to the circumstances of the hour, thus forcing massive tax reductions as well as subsidies running into billions ...

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