Democracy And Social Policy

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

EditorYusuf Bangura

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This book examines the complex relations between democracy and social policy. Economic development is a necessary but not sufficient condition for welfare development. In industrial democracies, differences in the reach and organization of unions, presence of Left parties in government, and social pacts, account for much of the variation in welfare provision among countries. Social security is limited in democracies with low levels of industrialization, even though some countries with a social democratic orientation seem to have done well. Traditions of political rights, improvements in electoral competitiveness, and a pro-active judiciary may empower social movements to pressure governments in low-income democracies to introduce progressive social reforms.

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This book examines the complex relations between democracy and social policy. Economic development is a necessary but not sufficient condition for welfare development. In industrial democracies, differences in the reach and organization of unions, presence of Left parties in government, and social pacts, account for much of the variati...

YUSUF BANGURA is a Research Co-ordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) where he has co-ordinated projects on structural adjustment, public sector reform, ethnic inequalities and public sector governance, racism and public policy, technocratic policymaking, and democracy and social policy. He ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Democracy and Social Policy Development: Introduction and Overview--Y.Bangura & C.-J.Hedberg * Democratization and Social Policy Development in Advanced Capitalist Societies--J.D.Stephens * Democratization and Social Policy Development in Japan--T.Shinkawa * Democratization and Social Policy in Southern Europe: From Expansion to 'Recalibration'--M.Ferrera * Democratization and Social Policy in East Central Europe--T.Cox * The Latin American Social States: Critical Junctures and Critical Choices--F.Filgueira * Democracy and Well Being in India--N.Chandhoke * Democracy and Social Policy in Botswana--N.Keitseope * The Ballot Box and Social Policy in Mauritius--S.Bunwaree * Democracy and Social Policy in Jamaica--J.Jones