Building Decent Societies: Rethinking the Role of Social Security in Development

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

EditorPeter Townsend

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This book builds the case for a comprehensive social security system to be developed in all countries to eliminate desperate conditions of poverty, reverse growing inequality and sustain economic growth. It gives the history of the rich countries in meeting poverty and shows how the strategies in the poor countries can be greatly improved.

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This book builds the case for a comprehensive social security system to be developed in all countries to eliminate desperate conditions of poverty, reverse growing inequality and sustain economic growth. It gives the history of the rich countries in meeting poverty and shows how the strategies in the poor countries can be greatly impr...

PETER TOWNSEND is Professor of International Social Policy, London School of Economics and Politcial Science, UK and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Bristol University, UK. His recent publications include: The Right to Social Security and National Development, Child Poverty in the Developing World (an UNICEF report, co-author), a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.82 × 5.64 × 1.16 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230235255

ISBN - 13:9780230235250

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword--A.Diop
Introduction--P.Townsend
PART I: THE RIGHT TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Social Security and Human Rights--P.Townsend
PART II: ISSUES FOR THE GLOBAL SOCIETY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Social Protection and Nation Building: An essay on why and how universalist social policy contributes to stable nation-states;
C.de Neubourg
Social Security, Social Impact and Economic Performance: A Farewell to Three Famous Myths--M.Cichon & W.Scholz
Can Low-income Countries Afford Social Security?--C.Behrendt & K.Hagemejer
The Impact of Social Transfers on Growth, Development, Poverty and Inequality in Developing Countries--M.Samson
Child Poverty and Child Rights a Possible UN Model for Child Benefit?--P.Townsend
PART III: SOCIAL PROTECTION IN EUROPE AND THE OECD
Three Models of Social Security in the History of the Industrialised Countries--P.Townsend
Social Protection, the European Union and its Member States--R.Wagener
Can the European Welfare Model be Exported?--P.Lindert
The Poverty Effects of Social Protection in Europe EU Enlargement and its Lessons for Developing Countries--B.Cantillon
PART IV: EXPERIENCES FROM LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES
Social Security in Developing Countries: A Brief Overview--P.Townsend
Introducing Basic Social Protection in Low Income Countries: Lessons From Existing Programmes--A.Barrientos
Social Protection, Rural Livelihoods and Economic Growth: The Case of Cash Transfers--R.Slater, J.Farrington, R.Holmes & P.Harvey
Welfare, Development and Growth Lessons from South Africa--F.Lund
From Targeting to Universality Lessons from the Health System in Thailand--V.Tangcharoensathien, P.Prakongsai, S.Limwattananon, W.PatcharanarumolP.Jongudomsuk
PART V: CONCLUSIONS
Rethinking the Role of Social Security in Development--C.Behrendt, M.Cichon, K.Hagemejer, S.Kidd, R.Krech & P.Townsend
Bibliography
Index