Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

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Daniel Béland, Klaus Petersen
Policy Press, 2014 - Social Science - 327 pages
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Social policy scholars and practitioners work with concepts such as "welfare state" and "social security" but where do these concepts come from and how has their meaning changed over time? Which are the dominant social policy concepts and how are they contested? What characterises social policy language in specific countries and regions of the world and how do social concepts travel between countries? Addressing such questions in a systematic manner for the first time, this edited collection, written by a cross-disciplinary group of leading social policy researchers, analyses the concepts and language used to make sense of contemporary social policy. The volume focuses on OECD countries located on four different continents: Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America. Combining detailed chapters on particular countries with broader comparative chapters, the book strikes a rare balance between case studies and transnational perspectives. It will be of interest to academics and students in social policy, social work, political science, sociology, history, and public administration, as well as practitioners and policy makers
 

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Contents

social policy concepts and language
1
1 Social policy language in Denmark and Sweden
13
2 The changing language of social policy in Hungary and Poland
35
3 Languages of social policy at the EU level
59
from welfare state to active society
81
social policy language and concepts in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
101
6 Original and imitated or elusive and limited? Towards a genealogy of the welfare state idea in Britain
127
7 Social policy concepts and language in France
143
10 Conceptual development of welfare and social policy in Japan
193
the changing meaning of welfare state in Korea
211
12 The Dutch caring state
229
social policy language in New Zealand
247
what did democracy and EU membership change?
263
15 Social policy language in the United States
277
comparative perspectives on social policy language
297
Index
313

8 The language of social politics in Finland
157
constructing the winwin society
177

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Daniel B land is the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He is coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of US Social Policy. Klaus Petersen is professor of welfare state history and director of the Centre for Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark. He is coeditor of The Nordic Welfare State.

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