Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

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Daniel Béland, Klaus Peterson
Policy Press, 2014 - Social Science - 327 pages
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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social policy concepts and language
1 Social policy language in Denmark and Sweden
2 The changing language of social policy in Hungary and Poland
3 Languages of social policy at the EU level
from welfare state to active society
social policy language and concepts in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
6 Original and imitated or elusive and limited? Towards a genealogy of the welfare state idea in Britain
7 Social policy concepts and language in France
10 Conceptual development of welfare and social policy in Japan
the changing meaning of welfare state in Korea
12 The Dutch caring state
social policy language in New Zealand
what did democracy and EU membership change?
15 Social policy language in the United States
comparative perspectives on social policy language

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

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About the author (2014)

Daniel Béland 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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