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Conlusion: rethinking social policy in development contexts

Gough, Ian and Wood, Geof (2004) Conlusion: rethinking social policy in development contexts. In: Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 312-326. ISBN 9780521834193

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Abstract

Written by a team of internationally respected experts, this book explores the conditions under which social policy, defined as the public pursuit of secure welfare, operates in the poorer regions of the world. Social policy in advanced capitalist countries operates through state intervention to compensate for the inadequate welfare outcomes of the labour market. Such welfare regimes cannot easily be reproduced in poorer regions of the world where states suffer problems of governance and labour markets are imperfect and partial. Other welfare regimes therefore prevail involving non-state actors such as landlords, moneylenders and patrons. This book seeks to develop a conceptual framework for understanding different types of welfare regime in a range of countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa and makes an important contribution to the literature by breaking away from the traditional focus on Europe and North America.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.cambridge.org/
Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2012 15:08
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44375/

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