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Fighting poverty, inequality and injusticeA manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend$
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Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427151

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.001.0001

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Radicalising social policy in the 21st century: a global approach1

Radicalising social policy in the 21st century: a global approach1

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Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice

Nicola Yeates

Bob Deacon

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This chapter addresses the innovativeness and the breadth of the coverage of Peter's work on global social policy, which is grounded in a materialist, globalist and sociological analysis of social policy. It illustrates how the conventional distinctions between the ‘national’ and the ‘international’, challenged by Peter, become increasingly unsustainable as decisions in one country inevitably have ramifications for others. It also examines Peter's concerns and hopes for international agencies (The World Bank, UNICEF and ILO). It considers the several campaigns, in which Peter was a key player, including the 1995 UN Copenhagen Summit on Poverty and latterly the campaign for a ‘global social floor’.

Keywords:   global social policy, materialist, globalist and sociological analysis, The World Bank, UNICEF, ILO, Copenhagen Summit on Poverty, global social floor

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