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Human Rights and Social Policy

A Comparative Analysis of Values and Citizenship in OECD Countries Edited by Ann Nevile, formerly Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University
This fascinating study evaluates whether the recent focus on human rights, citizenship and values makes a difference to service delivery on the ground. In doing so, it bridges the social policy and human rights literature.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 208 5
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  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
This fascinating study evaluates whether the recent focus on human rights, citizenship and values makes a difference to service delivery on the ground. In doing so, it bridges the social policy and human rights literature.

The book adopts a comparative approach with eight case-studies examining the factors that drive policy making in a range of policy sectors in both EU and non-EU countries. The contributing authors explore the ways in which legally enforceable rights and wider rights discourse influence the services that are provided across a range of policy sectors and welfare regimes. Further issues, such as how patterns of service provision can affect how people view and experience citizenship, are also discussed.

Human Rights and Social Policy will strongly appeal to academics and students interested in work and family policies, labour market activation policies, welfare reform, gender, children’s policy and housing policy.
‘An informative and wide-ranging international collection of case studies, which demonstrate the value of human rights and citizenship as a lens through which to study social policy.’
– Ruth Lister, Loughborough University, UK
Contributors: S. Bessell, A. Boucher, D. Clegg, L. Conant, I. Dingeldey, S. Harris Rimmer, I. Katz, A. Leira, N. Lunt, A. Morris, A. Nevile
Contents:

1. Values, Rights and Concepts of Citizenship
Ann Nevile

2. Assessing the Relevance of the International Legal Framework in Claiming Economic and Social Rights
Susan Harris Rimmer

3. Regional Legal Frameworks for Human Rights and Social Policy in Europe
Lisa Conant

4. Labour Market Activation Policy in a ‘Bismarckian’ Welfare State: Old and New Divisions of Social Rights and Citizenship in Germany
Irene Dingeldey

5. From Insurance or Insertion to Rights and Responsibilities: The Shifting Logics of Unemployment Protection in France
Daniel Clegg

6. The Childcare Transition in Scandinavia: Family Change and Policy Reform
Arnlaug Leira

7. Policy Responses to Social Exclusion in the UK and the Relationship to Human Rights
Ilan Katz

8. Welfare Reform and the Reshaping of New Zealand Citizenship
Neil Lunt

9. Policies Related to Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Australia
Alan Morris

10. Gender Mainstreaming in Skilled Immigration Policy: From Beijing 1995 to the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (2002)
Anna Boucher

11. Do Rights Make a Difference? The Evolution of Policy for Children in Out-of-Home Care in Australia
Sharon Bessell

12. On the Margins? The Influence of ‘Rights Talk’ on Policy and Practice
Ann Nevile

Index