This fascinating study evaluates whether the recent focus on human rights, citizenship and values makes a difference to service delivery on the ground. In doing so, it bridges the social policy and human rights literature.
The book adopts a comparative approach with eight case-studies examining the factors that drive policy making in a range of policy sectors in both EU and non-EU countries. The contributing authors explore the ways in which legally enforceable rights and wider rights discourse influence the services that are provided across a range of policy sectors and welfare regimes. Further issues, such as how patterns of service provision can affect how people view and experience citizenship, are also discussed.
Human Rights and Social Policy will strongly appeal to academics and students interested in work and family policies, labour market activation policies, welfare reform, gender, children's policy and housing policy.
Edited by Ann Nevile, formerly Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University
Contents: 1. Values, Rights and Concepts of Citizenship Ann Nevile 2. Assessing the Relevance of the International Legal Framework in Claiming Economic and Social Rights Susan Harris Rimmer 3. Regional Legal Frameworks for Human Rights and Social Policy in Europe Lisa Conant 4. Labour Market Activation Policy in a `Bismarckian' Welfare State: Old and New Divisions of Social Rights and Citizenship in Germany Irene Dingeldey 5. From Insurance or Insertion to Rights and Responsibilities: The Shifting Logics of Unemployment Protection in France Daniel Clegg 6. The Childcare Transition in Scandinavia: Family Change and Policy Reform Arnlaug Leira 7. Policy Responses to Social Exclusion in the UK and the Relationship to Human Rights Ilan Katz 8. Welfare Reform and the Reshaping of New Zealand Citizenship Neil Lunt 9. Policies Related to Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Australia Alan Morris 10. Gender Mainstreaming in Skilled Immigration Policy: From Beijing 1995 to the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (2002) Anna Boucher 11. Do Rights Make a Difference? The Evolution of Policy for Children in Out-of-Home Care in Australia Sharon Bessell 12. On the Margins? The Influence of `Rights Talk' on Policy and Practice Ann Nevile Index