This cutting-edge Handbook argues for social protection to be situated in a wider system of social welfare and development programmes for low- and middle-income countries. Focusing on the role of citizens and communities in enhancing human development, it explores how welfare systems are unfolding in diverse contexts across the global South.
Given growing caseloads, limited funding and staff shortages, the need for coordination in healthcare and elderly care is at an all-time high. This timely book conducts a cross-national analysis of coordination problems in healthcare and long-term care systems and provides novel insights on how to improve the lives of the elderly.
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This thoughtful book provides a refreshing, comparative perspective on the future of care homes in our post-pandemic world. Building on more than a decade of collaborative international and interdisciplinary research in Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US, it employs a feminist political economy framework to address the key challenges facing care homes in this turbulent era.
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Foreword by David Brindle
In the face of major global demographic change, social care policy and practice are
in urgent need of radical reform and reassessment. Rising poverty, inequality and
pressure on local communities internationally, are also increasing the urgent need
for reform. Drawing on the crisis-ridden UK experience as a case-study, this highly
original book identifies the limits of the traditional welfare state in taking
forward policy for the twenty-first century. The proposals amount to a renewed
approach to social care, based on the philosophy of independent living as originally
developed by the international disabled people’s movement and subsequently embodied
in a United Nations treaty applicable to all in need of care and support. Despite
wide international sign up since adoption in 2008 there is little evidence of any
nation successfully delivering. For the first time, this book offers both a
blueprint for an environmentally sustainable, rights-based approach to social care
and a practical route to achieving it.
This insightful book provides a systematic analysis of the development of affluent Western welfare states in this turbulent era. It explores the consequences for welfare states of modern crises such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine. Most importantly, it investigates how to prioritize scarce resources in the face of many competing demands and argues that there is an urgent need to improve crisis funding whilst at the same time maintaining provision for vulnerable groups.
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Covering global, comparative, and single-country contexts, this Research Handbook presents wide-ranging, cutting-edge research on poverty and inequality. It maps out international trends in poverty and inequality and explores the key conceptual and operational frameworks, practical analyses, and policy applications and outcomes.
With contributions from leading scholars in Southern Europe, this compelling book demonstrates the plurality of migratory circumstances and analyses the significance of the Mediterranean migration model. Highlighting the challenges of studying the variability and heterogeneity of migratory patterns in the Mediterranean, this insightful book provides a comprehensive examination of the variations of spatial-temporal scales and sedimentation of different migratory configurations.
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The Encyclopedia of the Social and Solidarity Economy is a comprehensive reference text that explores how the social and solidarity economy (SSE) plays a significant role in creating and developing economic activities in alternative ways. In contrast to processes involving commodification, commercialisation, bureaucratisation and corporatisation, the SSE reasserts the place of ethics, social well-being and democratic decision-making in economic activities and governance. Identifying and analysing a myriad of issues and topics associated with the SSE, the Encyclopedia broadens the knowledge base of diverse actors of the SSE, including practitioners, activists and policymakers.
Since the turn of the millennium, significant social, economic, political and
technological transformations have brought policy issues to prominence in East Asian
societies. This topical Research Agenda finds East Asian social policy at a critical
juncture and analyses the driving forces that are shifting contemporary research and
diverse policy responses in the region.
This unique and insightful book provides a comprehensive examination of contemporary cultural policy and its discourses, influences, and consequences. It examines the factors that have led to a narrowing of cultural policy and suggests new ways of thinking about cultural policy beyond economics by reconnecting it with the practices of work, value, and the social.