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Social policy in a development context

Mkandawire, Thandika, ed. (2004) Social policy in a development context. Social Policy in a Development Context. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781403936608

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After two decades of exclusive focus on stabilization, policy-making in developing countries has begun to shift its focus to issues of social and economic development, poverty eradication and equity. This is occurring at a time when the consolidation of democracy is a concern in many countries. There is a growing realization that social policy can provide the crucial link among these various demands on policy-making. However, to perform this role there is need for a major rethinking of social policy in developing countries so that it not only meets goals of intrinsic value but also serves as a major policy instrument in development. The book's central message is that social policy can be a major transformative contribution to economic development. The contributors argue that social policy should be closely intertwined with economic policy and not treated as a mere afterthought. Collectively the papers draw on both conceptual and empirical evidence to argue the case for the centrality of social policy in development. The book is a major contribution to thinking about social policy and sets out an agenda for future research in this field.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Palgrave Macmillan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 15:19
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 09:54

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