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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

After ’08

Social Policy and the Global Financial Crisis

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

After ’08

Social Policy and the Global Financial Crisis

The 2007-08 financial crisis marked a turning point for social policy. World leaders were forced to take a position: Should they entrench neo-liberal policies in response to the crisis? Or should they implement alternative measures to challenge economics as usual? This volume explores how international organizations and nation states in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America responded to the recession. Contributors examine whether social policy followed a similar trajectory across countries and regions or whether their diverse national experiences produced equally diverse solutions.

352 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction / Rianne Mahon, Gerard W. Boychuk, and Stephen McBride

Part 1: Context

1 Neo-Liberalism in Question? / Stephen McBride

2 Broadening the Frame: Inclusive Growth and the Social Investment Perspective / Jane Jenson

3 A New Era for Social Policy? Welfare States and the Financial Crisis / Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Part 2: International Organizations

4 Understanding Policy Change as Position-Taking: The IMF and Social Policies in Times of Crisis / Antje Vetterlein

5 The ILO and Social Protection Policy after the Global Financial Crisis: A Challenge to the World Bank / Bob Deacon

6 The ILO, Greece, and Social Dialogue in the Aftermath of the GFC / Nigel Haworth and Steve Hughes

7 It Takes Two to Tango: Conditional Cash Transfers, Social Policy, and the Globalizing Role of the World Bank/ Anthony Hall

Part 3: Emerging Areas

8 Integrating the Social into CEPAL’s Neo-Structuralist Discourse/ Rianne Mahon

9 The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Mexican Social Policy / Lucy Luccisano and Laura Macdonald

10 Social Policy in South Africa: Cushioning the Blow of the Recession? / Marlea Clarke

11 In the Shadow of Crisis: Change and Continuity in China’s Post-Crisis Social Policy / Sarah Cook and Wing Lam

Part 4:Global North

12 Global Crisis and Social Policy in Peripheral Europe: Comparing Ireland, Portugal, and Greece / Berkay Ayhan and Stephen McBride

13 Austerity Budgets and Public Sector Retrenchment: Crisis Era Policy Making in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia / Heather Whiteside

14 Austerity Lite: Social Determinants of Health under Canada’s Neo-Liberal Capture/ Ronald Labonté and Arne

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