Radical Change and the Futures of Global Social Policy

Friday, 20 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC19 Sociology of Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (host committee)

Language: English

The past decades have been marked by a process of the globalization of social policy and the socialisation of global politics. Global social policy analyses have been marked by claims to strengthen global social rights, social regulation and redistributive policies across scales. The global financial crisis (from 2007 onwards) has generated a discourse on expansive social policy measures, while, at the same time, the dark sides of globalization are clearly apparent.

Several developments in 2016 have changed the global order and context in a way that also affects global social policies. Ongoing struggles over refugee policy, the Brexit decision, the rise of xenophobic nationalist movements in a number of member states, and the new US administration’s challenge to the global order all are signs of the altered global and regional political context for global social policies.

The panel is intended to provide a space to discuss future global, and world-regional social policies against the backcloth of these developments. Papers can speak to different aspects (e.g. labour markets in the context of new protectionism; or implications for health care provision given national retrenchment in health insurance or roll back developments in EU policies). The contributions can be considered for publication as a Forum or Special Issue of the journal Global Social Policy.

Session Organizer:
Alexandra KAASCH, Bielefeld University, Germany
Alexandra KAASCH, Bielefeld University, Germany
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