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Global social policy in the makingThe foundations of the social protection floor$
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Bob Deacon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312338

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312338.001.0001

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The SPF and the struggle for global social policy synergy

The SPF and the struggle for global social policy synergy

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(p.101) Five The SPF and the struggle for global social policy synergy
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Global social policy in the making
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Bob Deacon

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312338.003.0005

This chapter looks outwards from the ILO to demonstrate how the SPF became a rallying point for the struggle for global social policy synergy, that is, the struggle to ensure that all UN agencies, including the World Bank and the IMF, agreed to tackle the shortcomings of market drive globalization with a plan to construct a social floor under the global economy. It shows how the ILO influenced the UN initially through the UN Chief Executive Board; how it influenced the G8 and then the G20 under the French Presidency of 2011; how as a consequence it came to be able to try to influence the World Bank and the IMF. It ends by explaining how the ILO was able to play a major role, alongside UNICEF and the UNDP in ‘almost’ bringing it all together in the form of a new UN Social Protection Inter Agency Co-operation Board.

Keywords:   Policy synergy, UN Chief Executive Board, IMF, World Bank, UNICEF, G20, UNDP, French Presidency, Social Protection Inter Agency Co-operation Board

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