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By Patricia Kennett

The present context of social coverage is one within which a number of the outdated certainties of the previous were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, family preoccupation of social coverage has made approach for a extra built-in, foreign and outward method of research which seems to be past the limits of the kingdom. it's during this context that this guide brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research which will offer entire insurance of up to date debates and matters in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 issues, this remarkable quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual points of project comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are desirous about de-centring the country and increasing the epistemological framework by which cross-national research is explored. In components II and III, the focal point is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the day by day truth of getting ready for and accomplishing cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and concerns that are of specific relevance to realizing the modern social global. overseas in scope, this authoritative guide provides unique innovative examine from prime experts and should develop into an integral resource of reference for someone attracted to comparative social study. it is going to additionally end up a priceless examine relief for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from quite a number disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city stories and public coverage.

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Moreover, as Yeates argues, globalization requires more sustained attention to the global context of social policy, because ‘the causes of social problems and their solutions are not necessarily confined to national institutions and structures’ (Yeates, 2001: 17). Global social problems include growing poverty and inequality; inequitable access to health-care and medicines; inadequate supplies of safe and nutritious food; social dumping; diminishing social and economic rights of Globalization, the state and welfare 29 workers; growing numbers of political and economic migrants; environmental degradation and associated risks.

To understand the dynamic of change in international political economy one must understand how ‘world order’ is embedded in socio-political structures at both the national and transnational levels and how social forces are engendered by different and changing production processes (Gill, 1993). One of the strengths of critical IPE is that it provides a theoretical and analytical framework that puts individual and intentional acts within the context of structural constraint, but that also opens up issues of agency.

However, gender relations are open to bargaining like other forms of social relations. Feminists have critiqued gendered notions of citizenship but at the same time have engaged with the state at the political level to further citizenship rights for women (Vargas, 1999). In this way, gender issues – previously considered private or cultural – have been brought into the realm of politics. Organized capitalism, globalization and welfare Organized capitalism In the wake of World War II, the Bretton Woods System provided a framework for regulating international financial transactions and flows and set up a trading regime (GATT) that was designed to progressively reduce barriers to trade, but which nevertheless, permitted a fairly wide scope for government intervention in national economies to mitigate the most damaging and divisive impacts of capitalism.

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