This accessible text looks at the impact of the globalization process on social policy. National social policy is increasingly determined by global economic competition and international organizations. Its substance is becoming more and more transnational and now has to be understood in terms of global social redistribution, social regulation, social provision and empowerment. Global Social Policy examines trends in global inequity and summarizes the diverse experiences of different welfare regimes across the world. The authors review the social policies of international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, UN Agencies and the European Union, and show them to be engaged in heated con

Globalism and the Study of Social Policy

Globalism and the study of social policy

The Globalization of Social Policy and the Socialization of Global Politics

Traditionally social policy has been the subject concerned with those state and non-governmental activities within one country that are designed to intervene in the operations of the free market in the interests of social protection and social welfare. Central to social policy has been the income transfer mechanisms whereby the employed support those excluded from work through age, infirmity, family responsibilities and the failures of the market.

In the present phase of world economic development however social policy activities traditionally analysed within and undertaken within one country now take on a supranational and transnational character. This is so for several reasons. Economic competition ...

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