Handbook of Social Policy and Development
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Handbook of Social Policy and Development

Edited by James Midgley, Rebecca Surender and Laura Alfers

The Handbook of Social Policy and Development makes a groundbreaking, coherent case for enhancing collaboration between social policy and development. With wide ranging chapters, it discusses a myriad of ways in which this can be done, exploring both academic and practical activities. As the conventional distinction between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries becomes increasingly blurred, this Handbook explores how collaboration between social policy and development is needed to meet global social needs.
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Chapter 6: The SDGs: towards a social development approach in the 2030 Agenda?

Marian Urbina-Ferretjans

Abstract

This chapter examines how the understanding of welfare and social policy issues has evolved in the global development agenda and compares the social approach of the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with that of the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The chapter argues that the new global development framework is shifting beyond a pro-poor redistributive paradigm subscribed to by the MDGs and is moving towards a social development perspective. This new approach incorporates elements of universalism and productivism with a new economic rationale for social policy provision which emphasizes the productive potential of social policy while preserving the objectives of social protection and equity. Through documentary analysis of social policy narratives, the chapter also discusses the extent to which these new ideational and normative changes in international development coincide with perspectives and practices advocated by South_South cooperation players. As a consequence of this shift from ‘poverty reduction’ to ‘development’, this chapter claims that the scholarly analysis of these issues needs to combine elements from the hitherto separate agendas of social policy as well as development studies, in order to capture the breadth of current global development phenomena.

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