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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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Reflections and Prospects

Reflections and Prospects

(p.157) Seven Reflections and Prospects
Global social policy in the making

Bob Deacon

Policy Press

This chapter has several parts. Firstly it provides an assessment of the SPF Recommendation in its own terms as a piece of ILO policy. Secondly it asks to what extent the “global social floor” or SPF Initiative has become really embedded in the UN system in the context of parallel debates and processes concerned with environmental sustainability (Rio plus 20) and with the broader Post-2015 UN development agenda planned for the period after the “expiry” of the initial MDG agenda. Thirdly it discusses the further development of a global civil society campaign to realize SPFs in practice in countries and asks both how this new coalition will take forward the work of the original Coalition for a Global Social Floor and which of the two inter-agency coordination mechanisms (UNSPF-I and SPIAC-B) will take forward the campaign at an official UN level. The chapter also discusses the very recent call being made to establish a global social protection fund and asks how this might operate. Finally it returns to the broader question of complex global social governance and assesses the implications of this case study in global social policy formation for the understanding of the existing and future global social governance system.

Keywords:   ILO, MDGs, Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, Environmental Sustainability, Inter-Agency Co-ordination, UNSP-I, SPIAC-B, Global social governance

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