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Policy reconsideredMeanings, politics and practices$
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Susan M. Hodgson and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349132

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349132.001.0001

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(Social) Policy and politics at the international level

(Social) Policy and politics at the international level

(p.117) seven (Social) Policy and politics at the international level
Policy reconsidered

Bob Deacon

Policy Press

In a highly globalised world, understanding the policy making process is not complete without looking into international policy making. International policy has two dimensions: 1) influence of international policy process on national policy; and 2) influence of international policy making processes at the supranational levels such as the regional and global level. This chapter examines the two dimensions of international policy through the example of social policy. It discusses how international actors impact upon national social policy and the emergence of supranational social policy of global social regulation, global social redistribution, and global social rights. The chapter first reviews some of the conceptual and analytical frameworks drawn from international relations, political economy literature, and policy transfer. It then explains the complex nature of the international institutional framework and the density of the set of international actors involved in international policy making. The chapter ends with an overview of this multilayered and multi-actor international policy process, and with some comments on what this implies for any political strategy aiming to engage with international social policy making process.

Keywords:   international policy making, international policy, policy process, social policy, international institutional framework, international actors

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