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Social Policy in an Era of Competition: From Global to Local Perspectives

Dan Horsfall and John Hudson


Welfare states globally have been subjected to reform agendas that have stressed economic competitiveness but how has global competition reshaped welfare states in practice? Providing a new cross-national and international narrative, this book captures the complexity of social policy reform process that has taken place over the past 25 years. Drawing on data relating to multiple countries, the book examines global, cross-national and local cases in order to shed light on the impact of international forces on social policy. The book addresses major theoretical debates about the direction of wel ... More

Keywords: welfare state, social policy reform, economic competitiveness, global competition, welfare state reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447326274
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Horsfall, editor
University of York

John Hudson, editor
University of York

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Part One Global competition as the context for welfare

Part Two The impact of intensifed competition on local governance

Part Three The reframing of welfare discourses in an era of competition

Part Four Conclusions

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