Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

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Social policy scholars and practitioners work with concepts such as "welfare state" and "social security" but where do these concepts come from and how has their meaning changed over time? Which are the dominant social policy concepts and how are they contested? What characterises social policy language in specific countries and regions of the world and how do social concepts travel between countries? Addressing such questions in a systematic manner for the first time, this edited collection, written by a cross-disciplinary group of leading social policy researchers, analyses the concepts and language used to make sense of contemporary social policy. The volume focuses on OECD countries located on four different continents: Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America. Combining detailed chapters on particular countries with broader comparative chapters, the book strikes a rare balance between case studies and transnational perspectives. It will be of interest to academics and students in social policy, social work, political science, sociology, history, and public administration, as well as practitioners and policy makers.

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Daniel Beland holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. He is a specialist of comparative social policy. Klaus Petersen is Professor in Welfare State History and director of the Centre for Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark. He is an expert on Nordic welfare state history.


Introduction: Social Policy Concepts and Language ~ Daniel Beland and Klaus Petersen; Social Policy Language in Denmark and Sweden ~ Nils Edling, Jorn Henrik Petersen & Klaus Petersen; The Changing Language of Social Policy in Hungary and Poland ~ Zsofia Aczel, Dorota Szelewa & Dorottya Szikra; Languages of "Social Policy" at "the EU level" ~ Jean-Claude Barbier; The OECD's Search for a New Social Policy Language: From Welfare State to Active Society ~ Rianne Mahon; The Discursive Power of International Organizations: Social Policy Language and Concepts in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund ~ Antje Vetterlein; Original and Imitated or Elusive? A Genealogy of the British Welfare State ~ Daniel Wincott; Social Policy Language in France ~ Daniel Beland; The language of social politics in Finland ~ Pauli Kettunen; Germany: Constructing the 'win-win' society ~ Stephan Lessenich; Conceptual Development of Welfare and Social Policy in Japan ~ Toshimitsu Shinkawa and Yuki Tsuji; Transition to the 'Universal' Welfare State: The Changing Meaning of "Welfare State" in Korea ~ Huck-ju Kwon; The Dutch "Caring State" ~ Kees van Kersbergen and Jaap Woldendorp; Panacea, problem or perish: Social Policy Language in New Zealand ~ Neil Lunt; Evolving social policy languages in Spain: What did democracy and EU membership change? ~ Ana M. Guillen & David Luque; Social Policy Language in the United States ~ Jennifer Klein, Daniel Beland & Klaus Petersen; Conclusion: Comparative Perspectives on Social Policy Language ~ Klaus Petersen & Daniel Beland.

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  • publication date: 25/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781447306443
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781447306443
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 1447306449

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