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Title Building decent societies : rethinking the role of social security in development / edited by Peter Townsend
Published Basingstoke [England] : Palgrave Macmillan ; Geneva [Switzerland] : International Labour Organization, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 386 pages) : illustrations
Series The International Labour Organization
International Labour Organization century series.
Contents Social Security and Human Rights / P. Townsend -- Social Protection and Nation Building: An essay on why and how universalist social policy contributes to stable nation-states / Neubourg -- Social Security, Social Impact and Economic Performance: A Farewell to Three Famous Myths / M. Cichon & W. Scholz -- Can Low-income Countries Afford Social Security? / C. Behrendt & K. Hagemejer -- The Impact of Social Transfers on Growth, Development, Poverty and Inequality in Developing Countries / M. Samson -- Child Poverty and Child Rights a Possible UN Model for Child Benefit? / P. Townsend -- Three Models of Social Security in the History of the Industrialised Countries / P. Townsend -- Social Protection, the European Union and its Member States / R. Wagener -- Can the European Welfare Model be Exported? / P. Lindert -- The Poverty Effects of Social Protection in Europe EU Enlargement and its Lessons for Developing Countries / B. Cantillon -- Social Security in Developing Countries: A Brief Overview / P. Townsend -- Introducing Basic Social Protection in Low Income Countries: Lessons From Existing Programmes / A. Barrientos -- Social Protection, Rural Livelihoods and Economic Growth: The Case of Cash Transfers / R. Slater, J. Farrington, R. Holmes & P. Harvey -- Welfare, Development and Growth Lessons from South Africa / F. Lund -- From Targeting to Universality Lessons from the Health System in Thailand / V. Tangcharoensathien, P. Prakongsai, S. Limwattananon, W. Patcharanarumol & P. Jongudomsuk -- Rethinking the Role of Social Security in Development / C. Behrendt, M. Cichon, K. Hagemejer, S. Kidd, R. Krech & P. Townsend
Summary The downturn of the global economy has made the scope of the problems of poverty and unemployment worse across the whole world. This book makes the case for a comprehensive social security system to be developed in all countries, including the poorest ones, in order to eliminate desperate conditions of poverty, to reverse growing inequality and to sustain economic growth. The establishment of universal social security systems has been one of the cornerstones of OECD countries' successful economic and social development and has contributed to reducing poverty and fostering social inclusion in today's rich countries. It is increasingly recognized that universal social security systems have an enormous potential for low income countries which has not yet been sufficiently explored. Recognizing that economic and social development are inextricably intertwined across countries, new international strategies are required to design appropriate social security policies which would effectively help to reduce poverty and productively contribute to economic and social development
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 338-365) and index
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Subject Income maintenance programs -- Developing countries.
Poverty -- Prevention -- International cooperation.
Poverty -- Developing countries -- Prevention.
Developing countries -- Social policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Townsend, Peter, 1928-2009.
International Labour Organization.
Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2009288533
ISBN 0230235255