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Social Policy in a Development Context PDF Print E-mail
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Studying Development: Books and Reviews(2004) edited by Thandika Mkandawire
This is an edited volume of contributions from a wide range of experts in the field, and an output of a five-year research programme at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

The chapters provide much-needed conceptual discussions, as well as analyses of central issues pertaining to rationales for social policy and its role in development.

This volume will be of interest to all students of development, and particularly those interested in international social policy and development, as well as comparative social policy.

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Drawing upon both conceptual and empirical evidence, this volume argues the case for the centrality of social policy in development, focusing particularly on the message that social policy needs to be closely intertwined with economic policy. It is argued that social policy can provide the crucial link between economic development poverty eradication and equity. This volume is a significant contribution to thinking about social policy in a development context.


1. Social Policy in a Development Context: Introduction, by Thandika Mkandawire

Part I: Conceptual Issues

2. From Universalism to Safety Nets: The Rise and Fall of Keynesian Influence on Social Development, by Peter Townsend

3. Social Policy and Macroeconomic Performance: Integrating "the Economic" and "the Social", by Diane Elson

4. Social Policy and Development: Social Capital as Point of Departure, by Ben Fine

5. Democratization and Social Policy, by Laurence Whitehead

Part II: Micro and Meso-Level Issues
6. Why Social Policy is Condemned to a Residual Category of Safety Nets and What to do About It, by Judith Tendler

7. Inequality and Redistribution in Health Care: Analytical Issues for Developmental Social Policy, by Maureen Mackintosh & Paula Tibandebage

8. Models of Development, Social Policy and Reform in Latin America, by Carmelo Mesa-Lago

Part III: Historical Experiences
9. European 'Late Industrializers': The Finnish Experience, by Juhana Vartiainen

10. 'Late Industrializers' and the Development of the Welfare State, by Chris Pierson

11. The Role of Social Policy in Economic Development: Some Theoretical Reflections And Lessons From East Asia, by Ha-Joon Chang

12. The Economic Crisis and the Politics of Welfare Reform in Korea, by Huck-Ju Kwon

13. Social Policy in Indian Development, by Jayati Ghosh

14. Historical Trajectories of Social Policy in Post-Colonial Africa. The Case of Zambia, by Guy Mhone

H-J. CHANG Cambridge University, UK DIANE ELSON University of Essex, UK BEN FINE School for Oriental and African Studies, UK JAYATI GHOSH Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India HUCK-JU KWON UNRISD, Geneva, Switzerland MAUREEN MACKINTOSH Open University, Milton Keynes, UK CARMELO MESA-LAGO University of Pittsburgh, USA GUY MHONE University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa CHRISTOPHER PIERSON University of Nottingham, UK JUDITH TENDLER MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA PAULA TIBANDEBAGE Economic and Social Research Foundation, Tanzania PETER TOWNSEND University of Bristol, UK JUHANA VARTIANEN Labour Institute for Economic Research, Helsinki, Finland LAURENCE WHITEHEAD Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK


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