Comparative Social Policy Theory and Research

ISBN-10: 0335201237
ISBN-13: 9780335201235
Edition: 2001
Authors: Patricia Kennett
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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This text explores the new context of social policy and considers how cross-national theory and research can respond to the challenges facing welfare. It is suitable for undergraduate and masters level students of social policy.

Patricia Kennett is a Reader in Comparative Policy Studies and Head of the Centre for Urban Studies in the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK. She has undertaken substantial research and published widely on issues relating to housing and home ownership, homelessness and social exclusion, citizenship and the welfare state in comparative perspective.Chan Kam Wah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He mainly teaches social policy and housing policy. His major research interests are gender studies, housing studies, and social welfare and social policy analysis. Recent publications include: �Deconstructing the Asian Welfare Model: social equality matters� in Journal of Asian Public Policy 1(3) 2008, The Crisis of Welfare in East Asia (Lexington, 2007, co-ed), Gender and Social Work � Theory and Practice (Chinese University Press, 2006, in Chinese, co-ed).

List of boxes and tables
Notes on contributors
Series editor's foreword
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The changing context of social policy
Nation, state and welfare in cross-national research
Clarifying concepts in cross-national social policy analysis
Approaches to cross-national analysis
Fragmentation, differentiation and social exclusion
Globalization, supranationalism and social policy
Introduction
The shaping of a globalized world
Capitalism, democracy and deregulation
Transnational corporations, mobile capital and the 'race to the bottom'
International institutions and non-governmental organizations
Culture and communication: globalization or polarization?
An ideological shift: from Keynesianism to neo-liberalism
The state, the economy and social policy
Intergovernmental policy, multilevel governance or supranational social policy?
Multilevel governance, social policy and the European Union
Conclusion
Further reading
Defining and constructing the research process
Introduction
What is cross-national comparative social research?
Equivalence in meanings and concepts
Conceptualizing disadvantage
Collecting and interpreting international data
Measuring the workforce: conceptual and definitional problems
Harmonized data: help or hindrance?
Conclusion
Further reading
Theory and analysis in cross-national social policy research
Introduction
Industrialization and modernization
Politics, ideology and the welfare state
Shift in theory and analysis
Recognizing difference and diversity
Welfare state typologies
The gendered and ethnocentric construction of social welfare
Conclusion
Further reading
Development, social welfare and cross-national analysis
Introduction
Development as a discourse
Theorizing development and the Third World
Development and social welfare
The New Right, structural adjustment and developing countries
Reviewing the research paradigm
Non-governmental organizations and the state
Conclusion
Further reading
Ethnicity, gender and the boundaries of citizenship: Australia, Britain and Japan
Introduction
The citizenship theme
Welfare and citizenship
Linking citizenship and gender
Policy logics of race, ethnicity and the nation
Restructuring and a renegotiation of the social contract
Conclusion
Further reading
The future of comparative social policy research
Supranational social policy?
A global research strategy
Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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