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Social Policy in Challenging TimesEconomic Crisis and Welfare Systems$
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Kevin Farnsworth and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428288

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428288.001.0001

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Global social policy responses to the economic crisis

Global social policy responses to the economic crisis

(p.81) Five Global social policy responses to the economic crisis
Social Policy in Challenging Times

Bob Deacon

Policy Press

This chapter is set within the analytical framework developed in Deacon 2007, which argues that global social policy and governance is characterised by a struggle between agencies for the right to shape social policy and the content of that policy. In this context, it reviews the responses made by international organisations (UN system, World Bank, IMF etc) to the global economic crisis in terms of what they imply for global and national social policy. The chapter focuses on three related issues central to the responses made by International Organisations to the global economic and social crisis: the renewed focus engendered by the crisis on a Global Social Floor or Social Protection Floor; the global funding of social expenditure; and the renewed call for the establishment of an Economic Security Council to ensure better that the UN, as distinct from the IFIs, is at the heart of global economic and social governance. It thus reviews the renewed debate on global governance reform triggered by the crisis.

Keywords:   global social policy, social protection floor, global social governance, IMF

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