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Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Social Policy in Development Contexts


Ian Gough, Geof Wood, Philippa Bevan, Armando Barrientos, Peter Davis, Graham Room
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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521087995

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  • Written by a team of internationally respected experts, this book explores the conditions under which social policy, defined as the public pursuit of secure welfare, operates in the poorer regions of the world. Social policy in advanced capitalist countries operates through state intervention to compensate for the inadequate welfare outcomes of the labour market. Such welfare regimes cannot easily be reproduced in poorer regions of the world where states suffer problems of governance and labour markets are imperfect and partial. Other welfare regimes therefore prevail involving non-state actors such as landlords, moneylenders and patrons. This book seeks to develop a conceptual framework for understanding different types of welfare regime in a range of countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa and makes an important contribution to the literature by breaking away from the traditional focus on Europe and North America.

    • Comparative political economy of global welfare regimes
    • Integrates intellectual traditions of social policy and development studies
    • Establishes universalist needs for secure welfare, but met by relativist social and political means
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    Review of the hardback: 'This is the book that social policy scholars have been awaiting a very long time. Thanks to Ian Gough, Geof Wood and their collaborators, we now have a rigorous, comprehensive, and extraordinarily nuanced and subtle analysis of social protection systems in the Third World. The scholarly challenge is truly formidable, and they have met it with courage and aplomb. Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America is one of those rare books that no welfare state scholar or practicioner can ignore.' Gosta Esping-Andersen

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521087995
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 2 maps 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ian Gough and Geof Wood
    Part I. Understanding Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in the South: An Analytical Framework:
    1. Adapting welfare regimes to development contexts Ian Gough
    2. Informal security regimes: embedding social policy in the search for a secure institutional landscape Geof Wood
    3. Conceptualising in/security regimes Philippa Bevan
    Part II. Regional Regimes:
    4. Latin America: towards a liberal-informal welfare regime Armando Barrientos
    5. East Asia: the limits of productivist regimes Ian Gough
    6. The dynamics of Africa's in/security regimes Philippa Bevan
    Part III. Regimes in Global Context:
    7. Rethinking the welfare regime approach in the context of Bangladesh Peter Davis
    8. Multi-tiered international welfare systems Graham Room
    Conclusion Geof Wood and Ian Gough.

  • Authors

    Ian Gough, University of Bath
    Ian Gough is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath and Editor of the Journal of European Social Policy.

    Geof Wood, University of Bath
    Professor Geof Wood is Head of the Department of Economics and International Development and Director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis at the University of Bath.

    Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester
    Armando Barrientos is Lecturer in Public Economics and Development at the Institute for Development and Management at the University of Manchester.

    Philippa Bevan, University of Bath
    Philippa Bevan is a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology of Development at the University of Bath.

    Peter Davis, University of Bath
    Peter Davis is Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath.

    Graham Room, University of Bath
    Graham Room is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath.


    Ian Gough, Geof Wood, Philippa Bevan, Armando Barrientos, Peter Davis, Graham Room

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