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Globalization and Social Policy
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Studying Development: Books and Reviews(2001) by Nicola Yeates
This text offers a critical appraisal of how globalization affects the social policy-making process. Approaching this interaction from a governance perspective, the author takes issue with a variety of perspectives, yet focusses her analysis on interplay between old as well as novel political forces that shape an expanded policy arena.

Her analysis suggests a more nuanced perspective on the impact of globalization on previously "domestic" policy-making. Both constraints as well as opportunities are identified, and the analysis points to the continued role of national politics in mediating the way that globalization is "received".

This is a very readable yet in-depth account, providing compelling reading. The author has also included a useful list of websites.

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"This book exhibits the characteristics of all good social policy texts. It is fired by a commitment to welfare. It is informed by extensive multidisciplinary scholarship. It debunks fashionable myths. Nicola Yeates argues convincingly that while globalization in its many manifestations and dimensions (economic, cultural and political) has to be built into the analytical framework used by social policy scholars, globalizing pressures are not immutable nor guaranteed success in overriding local and national social and political forces . Essential reading on all social policy courses"- Bob Deacon, Professor of Social Policy, University of Sheffield/STAKES, Finland

"Many social scientists have not yet woken up to the fact that globalization has transformed the nature of social policy. The severity and the causes of many problems are harder to pin down; research and teaching programmes have to be re-cast. This book offers a penetrating assessment of the changes that have to be made"- Peter Townsend, Professor of International Social Policy, LSE

This timely textbook critically evaluates the relevance and implications of globalisation in relation to both the academic study of social policy and social welfare provision.

Written in a clear and accessible style, the book:
-Examines the implications of globalization for social policy analysis and provision
-Analyses how social policies and politics contribute to and shape globalizing strategies
-Argues that the degree to which globalization gives rise to systematic changes in the funding, regulation and provision of welfare has been overestimated and
-Demonstrates that national and local forces remain decisive in understanding the development of social policy

Globalization and Social Policy provides an invaluable guide to the expanding field. It provides a refreshing antidote to 'victorious' and `defeatist' accounts of globalization and its implications for social welfare, and argues that politics matter now as much as they ever did. It will be welcomed by all students of social policy, and will also be of interest to other social science students engaged in issues of globalization.

NICOLA YEATES is lectures in Social Policy at Queen's University, Belfast.

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