Globalism, Regionalism and Social Policy: Framing the Debate

Yeates, Nicola and Deacon, Bob (2006). Globalism, Regionalism and Social Policy: Framing the Debate. UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Yeates, Nicola
    Deacon, Bob
    Title Globalism, Regionalism and Social Policy: Framing the Debate
    Volume/Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2006
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language eng
    Abstract

    First let us define social policy. Social policy may be defined in a number of
    ways that complement each other. Broadly speaking, it refers to “collective
    interventions directly affecting transformation in social welfare, social
    institutions and social relations” (Mkandawire 2001:1). At one level it is about
    policies and practices that support the means of social participation – typically
    those services in the domains of health and social care, income maintenance,
    employment (or livelihoods), housing and education. At another level social
    policy may be understood as those mechanisms, policies and procedures used
    by governments, working with other actors, to alter the distributive and social
    outcomes of economic activity. These mechanisms and policies may be
    conceptualised as being constituted of three strands: redistribution, regulation
    and rights. Redistribution mechanisms alter, usually in a way as to make more
    equal, the distributive outcomes of economic activity. Regulatory activity
    frames the activities of businesses and other private actors so that they take
    more account of social aims and impacts. The articulation of social rights leads
    to some (more or less) effective legislative and institutional mechanisms to
    ensure citizens access their rights. Social Policy within one country is made up,
    then, of Social Redistribution, Social Regulation and the promulgation of
    Social Rights...
    First let us define social policy. Social policy may be defined in a number of
    ways that complement each other. Broadly speaking, it refers to “collective
    interventions directly affecting transformation in social welfare, social
    institutions and social relations” (Mkandawire 2001:1). At one level it is about
    policies and practices that support the means of social participation – typically
    those services in the domains of health and social care, income maintenance,
    employment (or livelihoods), housing and education. At another level social
    policy may be understood as those mechanisms, policies and procedures used
    by governments, working with other actors, to alter the distributive and social
    outcomes of economic activity. These mechanisms and policies may be
    conceptualised as being constituted of three strands: redistribution, regulation
    and rights. Redistribution mechanisms alter, usually in a way as to make more
    equal, the distributive outcomes of economic activity. Regulatory activity
    frames the activities of businesses and other private actors so that they take
    more account of social aims and impacts. The articulation of social rights leads
    to some (more or less) effective legislative and institutional mechanisms to
    ensure citizens access their rights. Social Policy within one country is made up,
    then, of Social Redistribution, Social Regulation and the promulgation of
    Social Rights...

    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2006
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