Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447312345 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447312338 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only

Global Social Policy in the Making

The Foundations of the Social Protection Floor

Bob Deacon

Global Social Policy in the Making

Bob Deacon

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages | 1 figure, 5 tables | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447312345 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447312338 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
In 2012, organizations including the United Nations, G20, and International Labor Organization adopted a global policy initiative known as the social protection floor—a set of measures designed to ensure that all people have access to essential health care and income security over their lifespan. This book, authored by a leading authority on global social policy, traces the emergence of the social protection floor and identifies the major influences that shaped it: shifts in the world’s social structure, processes inside international institutions, attempts by global actors to create change, and shifts in the global conversation about social protection. 

List of tables, figures and boxes

List of abbreviations

About the author


1 Introduction

2 The global economic and social policy context


The era of targeted safety nets

The struggle to re-establish universalism

The North-South progressive impasse

New universalism from below within the Global South

ILO and visions for extending social security

3 The development of the SPF Recommendation


From a benefit package to a set of guarantees

Only cash transfers or access to services also

From a global social floor to national SPFs

From a global social contract to national responsibility?

4 The SPF, social dialogue and the tripartite global governance in practice

Challenging path dependency

Steering the SPF through the ILCs


5 The SPF and the struggle for global social policy synergy

Working with the UN

Working with the G8 and G20

Working with the World Bank and the IMF

The new UN SPIAC-B

6 Implications for understanding global social policy change

Recapitulation and explanation

Theories of global social policy change: towards the ASID framework

Using ASID to explain the SPF

Other theoretical considerations

7 Reflections and prospects


Assessing the SPF Recommendation

Would the SPF become embedded in the post-MDG UN development agenda?

The ongoing campaigns to implement SPFs

The proposal for a Global Fund for Social Protection

The implications for global social governance




Review Quotes
Paul Stubbs, Institute of Economics, Zagreb
“A compelling combination of critical analysis, in-depth observation, and a passionate plea for a social protection floor as a key component of a move towards a more socially just world.” 
Rianne Mahon, Wilfrid Laurier University
“A must-read for anyone interested in global governance, this book offers a richly detailed account of the how the important global social protection floor initiative took shape.” 
Nicola Yeates, Open University
Global Social Policy in the Making exhibits the characteristics of an excellent social policy text. Its conceptually driven, theoretically informed original empirical research produced in the service of wider social transformations makes it essential reading for students, researchers, and policymakers following social policy developments in cross-border spheres of governance.” 
Basic Income Studies
“An important historical and analytical contribution to understanding the evolution of one of the United Nation’s key social development initiatives, the Social Protection Floor. . . . An important insight into the fortunes of Basic Income within the United Nations system.”
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