Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language

Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

Edited by Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen

Edited by Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447306443 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Social policy scholars and practitioners have long worked with concepts such as “welfare state” and “social security”—but where do these concepts come from and how has their meaning changed over time? What characterizes social policy language in different places, and how do some social concepts travel between them? Addressing such questions in a systematic manner, the contributors to this collection analyze the concepts and language used to make sense of contemporary social policy. Combining detailed chapters on particular countries with broader comparative chapters, the book offers a variety of perspectives on just what we mean when we use these terms. 

Introduction: Social Policy Concepts and Language

   ~ Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen
Social Policy Language in Denmark and Sweden

   ~ Nils Edling, Jørn Henrik Petersen &
Klaus Petersen
The Changing Language of Social Policy in Hungary and Poland

   ~ Zsófia Aczél, Dorota Szelewa & Dorottya Szikra
Languages of “Social Policy” at “the EU level”

   ~ Jean-Claude Barbier
The OECD’s Search for a New Social Policy Language: From Welfare State to Active Society

   ~ Rianne Mahon
The Discursive Power of International Organisations: Social Policy Language and Concepts in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund

   ~ Antje Vetterlein
Original and Imitated or Elusive and Limited? Towards a Genealogy of the Welfare State Idea in Britain

   ~ Daniel Wincott
Social Policy Concepts and Language in France

   ~ Daniel Béland
The Language of Social Politics in Finland

   ~ Pauli Kettunen
Germany: Constructing the ‘Win-Win’ Society

   ~ Stephan Lessenich
Conceptual Development of Welfare and Social Policy in Japan

   ~ Toshimitsu Shinkawa and Yuki Tsuji
Transition to the ‘Universal’ Welfare State: The Changing Meaning of “Welfare State” in Korea

   ~ Huck-ju Kwon
The Dutch “Caring State”

   ~ Kees van Kersbergen and Jaap Woldendorp
Panacea, Problem or Perish: Social Policy Language in New Zealand

   ~ Neil Lunt
Evolving Social Policy Languages in Spain: What did Democracy and EU Membership Change?

   ~ Ana M. Guillén & David Luque
Social Policy Language in the United States

   ~ Jennifer Klein, Daniel Béland & Klaus Petersen
Conclusion: Comparative Perspectives on Social Policy Language

   ~ Klaus Petersen & Daniel Béland

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