Social Policy in Challenging Times

Economic Crisis and Welfare Systems

Edited by Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Social Policy in Challenging Times

Edited by Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Distributed for Bristol University Press

352 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781847428271 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781847428288 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only

The 2008 economic crisis destabilized the world’s financial centers and ushered in a global economic slowdown, but the effects of the recession have not been uniform. As Social Policy in Challenging Times skillfully reveals, the “global crisis” can be better understood as a variety of crises, each mediated by its national context. Employing a fruitful international approach, the contributors to this timely book examine the recession’s effects on social policy at different levels in different countries, illuminating the forces reshaping welfare system under radically altered circumstances.

Contemplating the implications of the economic crisis for social policy: confusion, contradictions, opportunities and risks ~ Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Part one: Coming to terms with the crisis
Towards a new political economy of welfare: The political economy of welfare crisis~ Ian Gough
Economic crises and paradigm change ~ Michael Hill
Polanyi's revenge: re-embedding the market and the challenge for social policy after the crisis ~ Theo Papadopoulos
Social policy and the 'City division of welfare' ~ Adrian Sinfield

Part two: Managing the Crisis: Social Policy-Making in Changing Times
Global social policy responses to the economic crisis ~ Bob Deacon
Poverty, the crisis, and social policy responses~ Armando Barrientos
Crisis, uncertainty and 're-invention' in the making of social policy ~ Rob Hulme

Part three: Understanding and Managing National Crises: South Korea after the 1997 economic crisis: a 'paradigm shift'? ~ Eunna Lee
China's response to crisis: what role for social policy? ~ Sarah Cook and Wing Lam
Familism in turmoil: social policy and the politico-economic crisis in Greece ~ Theo Papadopoulos and Antonios Roumpakis
Tiptoeing through crisis? Re-evaluating the German social model in light of the global recession ~ John Hudson and Stefan Kühner
Boom to bust: globalisation, Ireland and the economic crisis ~ Mairéad Considine and Fiona Dukelow
Waving not drowning: Iceland, crisis and alternative social policy futures ~ Zoë Irving
Experiences from two financial crises in the Nordic welfare states: early 1990s and the current crisis ~ Pekka Kosonen
Economic crisis and social policy in the United States and Canada ~ Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan
The UK ~ Kevin Farnsworth
Responding to the challenges: some concluding remarks on welfare futures in changed circumstances ~ Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving
Review Quotes
Nick Ellison, University of Leed
“This book makes a significant contribution to the political economy of welfare. Taken together, the various analyses of the impact of the 2008–9 financial crisis on key welfare systems provide an important and timely insight into the challenges currently facing social policy across the globe.”
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