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

The State of the World's Welfare

The state of the world's welfare

This chapter presents an accessible summary for students of social policy of the state of the world's welfare. It captures the extent to which the welfare needs of the citizens of different countries of the world are met, the progress that has been made in this respect over the past decades, the extent of remaining and continuing inequalities North, South, East and West, and the degree to which these measures of welfare progress may or may not be associated with measures of economic development and political freedom. More than this, however, the chapter also attempts to capture the differences in the way the major developed countries of the world organize their strategies for meeting ...

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