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

International Organizations and the Making of Post-Communist Social Policy

International Organizations and the Making of Post-Communist Social Policy

International organizations and the making of post-communist social policy

The Policy Making Vacuum filled by International Organizations

After the collapse of the ‘communist’ regimes across Eastern Europe in 1989 the key question of interest to social policy analysts was what kind of social welfare system would replace the state bureaucratic collectivist system. This had been characterized by universal work based entitlement to a system of welfare payments and services which combined a proletarianized egalitarianism alongside a wage related system whereby privileged workers obtained privileged pensions and other benefits. The nomenklatura continued to enjoy special access to better services (Deacon, 1992). As was suggested in Chapter 2, the characteristics of the state bureaucratic collectivist system had much in common ...

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