By Patricia Kennett
The present context of social coverage is one during which a number of the outdated certainties of the earlier were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made manner for a extra built-in, foreign and outward method of research which appears past the limits of the country. it really is during this context that this guide brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research so as to offer finished assurance of up to date debates and concerns in cross-national social coverage examine. Organised round 5 subject matters, this notable quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual facets of venture comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are excited by de-centring the nation and lengthening the epistemological framework during which cross-national research is explored. In components II and III, the point of interest is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the day by day fact of getting ready for and conducting cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and matters that are of specific relevance to figuring out the modern social international. foreign in scope, this authoritative instruction manual provides unique leading edge examine from best experts and should turn into an critical resource of reference for a person attracted to comparative social study. it's going to additionally end up a helpful examine relief for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from more than a few disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city reviews and public coverage.
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This is not the only way to examine changes in the state; adopting alternative entry points would highlight other aspects of state transformation or, indeed, reveal certain continuities in the state. But the approach adopted here illuminates many of the issues noted above. Accordingly I now define the main features of the KWNS as a benchmark against which to assess recent changes in the state. First, in promoting the conditions for profitable economic growth, the KWNS was distinctively Keynesian insofar as it aimed to secure full employment in a relatively closed national economy and did so mainly through demand-side management and national infrastructural provision.
It is also evident that many of the changes and transformations taking place have gender-specific impacts that belie the neoliberal view of globalization as expanding the realm of ‘opportunity’ and ‘choice’, breaking down traditional forms of authority and challenging conventional ideas about gender roles and expectations. Globalization, liberalization and the move to free market economies in many countries is rewarding people with the skills to take advantage, but it is increasing inequalities, insecurities and risks.
Inequality and power have been core themes in feminist analysis. ’ (Youngs, 1999: 25). States are involved in institutionalizing arrangements that demarcate the public from the private, through, for example, support for the institution of marriage, or by devising and implementing policies in the realm of family planning and sexual health, welfare and unemployment entitlement, labour legislation, taxation and rights of citizenship more generally (Sassoon, 1987, MacKinnon, 1989). However, gender relations are open to bargaining like other forms of social relations.
A Handbook of Comparative Social Policy (Elgar Original Reference) by Patricia Kennett