KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

Understanding the Modern World: From Nation State to Global Era

2 Understanding the modern world: from nation state to global era

To understand the way welfare agents and institutions promote social wellbeing today, it is important to understand and appreciate the modern world, its architecture, and the way it evolved over the centuries. The modern world is the result of the profound social, demographic, economic, cultural, and political changes that have taken place over the last three centuries. Of these, political events have played a particularly important role in shaping its features. Political forces resulted in the emergence of nation states and in geopolitical arrangements that persist up to the present day. There are now approximately 190 sovereign member states of the United Nations as ...

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