Social Policy in Challenging Times: Economic Crisis and Welfare Systems

Social Policy in Challenging Times: Economic Crisis and Welfare Systems

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Edited by Kevin Farnsworth, Edited by Zoe Irving

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  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 23mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1847428274
  • ISBN 13: 9781847428271
  • Sales rank: 417,021

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There is no precedent to the current economic crisis which looks set to redefine social policy debate throughout the globe. But its effects are not uniform across nations. Bringing together a range of expert contributions, the key lesson to emerge from this book is that 'the crisis' is better understood as a variety of crises, each mediated by national context. Consequently, there is an array of potential trajectories for welfare systems, from those where social policy is regarded as incompatible with the post-crisis economy to those where it is considered essential to future economic growth and security.

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Kevin Farnsworth is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Sheffield. He main research interest is in the political economy of welfare, including the relationship between business, labour and social policy. His first book was entitled Corporate Power and Social Policy (2004), published by Policy Press. Zoe Irving is Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Sheffield. Her current research interests focus primarily on social policies in small states and the changing patterns of men's employment. She has previously published in the areas of gender and employment and social policy in small island states.

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"The financial crash of 2008 is reshaping welfare systems, but in different and unexpected ways. This book provides a compelling guide." Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge "This book makes a significant contribution to the political economy of welfare. Taken together, the various analyses of the impact of the 2008-9 financial crisis on key welfare systems provide an important and timely insight into the challenges currently facing social policy across the globe." Nick Ellison, University of Leeds

Table of contents

Varieties of crisis ~ Kevin Farnsworth and ZoA" Irving; Part one: Coming to terms with the crisis: Economic crises and paradigm change ~ Michael Hill; From financial crisis to fiscal crisis ~ Ian Gough; Credit Crunch, inequality and social policy ~ Adrian Sinfield; Global social policy responses to the economic crisis ~ Bob Deacon; Poverty, the crisis, and social policy responses~ Armando Barrientos; Part two: Understanding and Managing National Crises: South Korea after the 1997 economic crisis: a 'paradigm shift'? ~ Eunna Lee-Gong; China's response to crisis: what role for social policy? ~ Sarah Cook and Wing Lam; Tiptoeing through crisis? Re-evaluating the German social model in light of the global recession ~ John Hudson and Stefan Kuhner; Ireland and impact of the economic crisis: upholding the dominant policy paradigm? ~ Mairead Considine and Fiona Dukelow; Waving not drowning: Iceland, kreppan and alternative social policy futures ~ ZoA" Irving; Experiences from two financial crises in the Nordic welfare states: 1990-93 and 2008-10 ~ Pekka Kosonen; Economic crisis and social policy in the United States and Canada ~ Daniel Beland and Alex Waddan; From economic crisis to a new age of austerity: The UK ~ Kevin Farnsworth; Responding to the challenges: some concluding remarks on welfare futures in changed circumstances ~ Kevin Farnsworth and ZoA" Irving.