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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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Implications for understanding global social policy change

Implications for understanding global social policy change

(p.141) Six Implications for understanding global social policy change
Global social policy in the making

Bob Deacon

Policy Press

This chapter argues that the SPF resulted from the intersection of the biographies of three individuals: the Head of the Social Security Department at the ILO, the Director General of the ILO and his Social Protection Advisor in his Cabinet with the idea that the world needed a global social floor which had for some time been advanced by a policy advocacy coalition. This was, essentially, an idea whose time had come with the new circumstances of the 2008 global economic crisis which provided the opportunity for the UN Chief Executive Board to act, an idea that could find an unlikely home inside the institution of the ILO which was open to a degree of policy change because of the de facto circumstance of the development of forms of social protection in Latin America and Africa. The subsequent endorsement by the G20, building on earlier work with the G8, was largely due to determined work by individuals working in the context of the fortuitous interest by France in having Social Protection on its G20 agenda. The chapter locates this explanation in the context of the theories of Global Social Policy Change including the Agency, Structure, Institution and Discourse (ASID) framework.

Keywords:   Biographies, Agency, Structure, Institution, Discourse, ASID, Policy Advocacy Coalition, Global Social Policy

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