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Social Investment and Social Welfare

International and Critical Perspectives Edited by James Midgley, Harry and Riva Specht Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, US, Espen Dahl, Professor of Health and Social Policy, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway and Amy Conley Wright, Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute of Open Adoption Studies, University of Sydney, Australia
This book contributes to the growing literature on social investment by discussing the way social investment ideas have been adopted in different countries and in various academic and professional fields, including social policy, development studies and non-profit management. Documenting the experience of implementing social investment in different communities, it encourages a One World perspective that integrates these diverse experiences and promotes policy learning between different nations.
Extent: 272 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 782 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Welfare Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Economics of Social Policy
  • Welfare States
This book contributes to the growing literature on social investment by discussing the way social investment ideas have been adopted in different countries and in various academic and professional fields, including social policy, development studies and non-profit management. Documenting the experience of implementing social investment in different communities, it encourages a One World perspective that integrates these diverse experiences and promotes policy learning between different nations.

This book fills a major gap in the literature, which, in the past, has focused largely on European welfare states and their employment and educational policies. Contrary to the view that social investment is a new stage in the development of these welfare states, it shows that social investment has been endorsed in other countries and in different policy fields for many years, including housing, child welfare, community development, social protection and rural development. The contribution to social investment by international development organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank and International Labour Organization are discussed, specifically looking at how they have encouraged the application of social investment policies in development.

This book is primarily targeted at an academic readership that has become increasingly interested in social investment ideas in recent years. However, it will also be a useful resource for post-graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in social development, development studies, sociology, social policy, social work and public policy.

‘This is an exciting and welcome contribution to the debates surrounding social investment and to the comparative social welfare literature more generally. Edited by leading scholars in the field, the volume provides an intelligent and well-structured overview of the history, politics and outcomes of social investment policies in a range of different contexts. Perhaps most valuable is its focus on a broader range of countries than the traditional Eurocentric literature – in particular, countries in the Global South. Analysis of policies and programmes in a number of emerging economies (the so-called “BRICS”) is especially timely.’
– Rebecca Surender, University of Oxford, UK

‘The idea of shifting from welfare transfers to social investment has increasingly received attention in the social policy literature. This volume takes the debate further by adopting a One World perspective that traces social investment policies in both the global North and South; and by linking welfare state research and development studies, both of which have addressed the issue but have not normally spoken to each other. In this way, the book opens a space for mutual learning between North and South and between academic fields. The volume links exemplary case studies and overarching conceptual discussions, producing a broad and yet sophisticated analysis of the concept of social investment not available anywhere else. The volume is orchestrated by the doyen of global welfare research, James Midgley.’
– Lutz Leisering, Bielefeld University, Germany
Contributors: S. Cook, A. Conley Wright, E. Dahl, A. Hall, K. Halvorsen, J. Lee, J.C.B. Leung, T. Lorentzen, J. Midgley, A. Østertun Geirdal, L. Patel, S. Pellissery, S. Stjernø, A.G. Tøge, Y. Xu




Contents:

Preface

Introduction
James Midgley, Espen Dahl and Amy Conley Wright

1. Social Investment: Concepts, Uses and Theoretical Perspectives
James Midgley

2. Social Investment in Early Childhood in Australia
Amy Conley Wright

3. Housing and Social Investment: Lessons from Hong Kong and Singapore
James Lee

4. Social Investments and Poor Families in India: The Role of Early Childhood and Employment Programmes
Sony Pellissery

5. Employment Policy and Social Investment in Norway
Espen Dahl and Thomas Lorentzen

6. The Child Support Grant in South Africa: Gender, Care and Social Investment
Leila Patel

7. Investing in Communities in the United States: Social Capital, Asset Building and Local Enterprise
James Midgley

8. Cash Transfers as Social Investments: The Brazilian Case
Anthony Hall

9. Pension Reform in China: Towards Social Investment
Joe C.B. Leung and Yuebin Xu

10. A Critical Perspective on Child Care and Social Investment in Norway: Whats in Children’s Best Interest?
Knut Halvorsen, Amy Østertun Geirdal and Anne Grete Tøge

11. Social Investment as a Means of Integrating Immigrants in Europe
Steinar Stjernø

12. Social Investment and the International Development Organizations
Sarah Cook

13. Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
James Midgley, Espen Dahl and Amy Conley Wright

Index