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 Social Policy of Global Agencies

The social policy of global agencies

In Chapter 1 it was argued that questions of social policy—the ways in which governments and non-governmental actors seek to shape economic and other policies so that they contribute to social objectives—are increasingly the business of supranational and global actors. Organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the International Labour Organization as well as a host of non-governmental international organizations are involved in (1) influencing the shaping of national social policy, (2) engaging in transnational redistribution and regulation, and (3) occasionally providing for citizens or at least empowering citizens when states fail them.

In this chapter an attempt is made to catalogue the explicit and implicit social policies of the major ...

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