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Insecurity and welfare regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America
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Studying Development: Books and Reviews(2004) by Ian Gough, Geof Wood, Armando Barrientos, Philippa Bevan, Peter Davis, Graham Room
This is a very timely book offering an innovative approach to the analysis of social policy in developing countries.

The result of an ESCOR funded research project based at the University of Bath, this book offers extensive in-depth analysis and makes for captivating reading.
The authors adopt a welfare regime approach to their analysis offering a real step forward in the application of comparative social policy analysis.

This book will be of interest to academics, policy-makers and students alike. Those students reading international social policy courses, as well as those on general development studies courses will find it particularly pertinent.

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Written by a team of internationally respected experts, this book explores the conditions under which social policy, defined as the public pursuit of secure welfare, operates in the poorer regions of the world. Social policy in advanced capitalist countries operates through state intervention to compensate for the inadequate welfare outcomes of the labour market. Such welfare regimes cannot easily be reproduced in poorer regions of the world where states suffer problems of governance and labour markets are imperfect and partial. Other welfare regimes therefore prevail involving non-state actors such as landlords, moneylenders and patrons. This book seeks to develop a new conceptual framework for understanding different types of welfare regime in a range of countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa and makes an important contribution to the literature by breaking away from the traditional focus on Europe and North America.

Introduction. by Ian Gough and Geof Wood

Part I. Understanding Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in the South: An Analytical Framework:

1. Adapting welfare regimes to development contexts. by Ian Gough

2. Informal security regimes: embedding social policy in the search for a secure institutional landscape. by Geof Wood

3. Conceptualising in/security regimes. by Philippa Bevan

Part II. Regional Regimes:

4. Latin America: towards a liberal-informal welfare regime. by Armando Barrientos

5. East Asia: the limits of productivist regimes. by Ian Gough

6. The dynamics of Africas in/security regimes. by Philippa Bevan

Part III. Regimes in Global Context:
7. Rethinking the welfare regime approach in the context of Bangladesh. by Peter Davis

8. Multi-tiered international welfare systems. by Graham Room

Conclusion. by Geof Wood and Ian Gough


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