A handbook of comparative social policy by Patricia Kennett

By Patricia Kennett

The present context of social coverage is one during which some of the previous certainties of the earlier were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made means for a extra built-in, overseas and outward method of research which seems past the limits of the nation. it really is during this context that this instruction manual brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research as a way to supply accomplished assurance of up to date debates and matters in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 issues, this outstanding quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual facets of venture comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are involved in de-centring the kingdom and lengthening the epistemological framework wherein cross-national research is explored. In elements II and III, the focal point is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the day by day truth of getting ready for and engaging in cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising issues and matters that are of specific relevance to realizing the modern social international. overseas in scope, this authoritative instruction manual offers unique innovative examine from top experts and should develop into an integral resource of reference for a person attracted to comparative social examine. it is going to additionally end up a precious learn relief for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from a number of disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city reviews and public coverage.

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It is also evident in the development of the interregional and crossborder linkages connecting local and regional authorities and governance regimes in different national formations. 18 A handbook of comparative social policy Re-imagining political communities The political communities (or publics) around which forces in the political system orient their actions are being re-imagined in various ways. Among them are new ‘imagined nations’ seeking autonomy within and/or control of a defined territory below, above, or transversal to existing national states; a global civil society based on cosmopolitan patriotism, the primacy of human rights over national citizenship, or some other global identity; new ‘communities of fate’ defined by shared risks regardless of specific territorial location and, perhaps, global in character (for example, global warming); and new communities of interest defined by shared identities, interests and values regardless of specific territorial location (for example, cybercommunities).

Thus, first, the new state form is Schumpeterian insofar as it tries to promote permanent innovation and flexibility in relatively open economies by intervening on the supply-side and to strengthen as far as possible their structural and/or systemic competitiveness. This invokes Schumpeter, the theorist of innovation, entrepreneurship and competition, rather than Keynes, the theorist of money, employment and national demand, as its emblematic economist. Second, as a workfare regime, the SWPR subordinates social policy to the demands of labour market flexibility and employability and to the demands of economic competition.

Second, as a workfare regime, the SWPR subordinates social policy to the demands of labour market flexibility and employability and to the demands of economic competition. This includes putting downward pressure on the social wage qua cost of international production but, given the economic and political limits to welfare cuts, it is especially concerned with the refunctionalization of the inherited welfare state to serve economic interests. The state also attempts to create subjects to serve as partners in the innovative, knowledge-driven, entrepreneurial, flexible economy and its accompanying self-reliant, autonomous, empowered workfare regime.

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