Inequality, Social Protection and Social Justice


Inequality, Social Protection and Social Justice

9781789905571 Edward Elgar Publishing
James Midgley, Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley, US
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 557 1 Extent: c 200 pp
This thought-provoking book examines the role of social protection in reducing inequality and enhancing social justice. It assesses social protection’s impact on inequality in different parts of the world and shows that if carefully designed, adequately funded and effectively implemented, it can make a significant contribution to reducing income, gender and other forms of inequality. In this way, it can promote egalitarian ideals and enhance social justice.

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Inequality is back on the academic and political agenda. This book considers the extent and impact of social protection – including social assistance, social insurance, universal allowances and mandates – on inequality. The author illustrates how effectively designed and implemented forms of social protection can make significant contributions to reducing inequalities, promoting egalitarian ideals and achieving social justice.

Critical and incisive, this book is essential reading for students and academics studying social protection and inequality. It will also be of interest to scholars in social policy, international social welfare and development studies, as well as practitioners and professionals in government and international agencies.
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‘The issue of inequality has returned to global agendas. James Midgley, the doyen of global social policy research, insists that social protection has a role to play in tackling inequality. He sets out an agenda of institutional reform that revitalizes the egalitarian claim of social protection, but stays away from simple cure-all solutions.’
– Lutz Leisering, Bielefeld University, Germany

‘This volume is an important and timely contribution to the scholarship and policy debates on inequality and the role of state supported social protection schemes in mitigating it. Midgely’s engaging and lucid text provides an integrated and comprehensive overview of real world programmes and evidence of their redistributive impact, while retaining historical and conceptual perspectives. In contrast to much of the literature in this area, the cases presented in this text come from both the global North and South and a more pluralistic account of social protection is provided which transcends traditional western notions of insurance, income transfers and credits. The text will be accessible and relevant for a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and an invaluable resource for all those interested in comparative social welfare.’
– Rebecca Surender, University of Oxford, UK

‘This book makes a critically important contribution to the literature on inequality and on social policy What the reader learns from this superb study is that careful policy design, adequate funding and effective implementation are needed to ensure that social policies are effective in promoting equality and social justice. This work is yet another confirmation that Professor Midgley is among the most distinguished social policy scholars of our time and that social policy has a role in the establishment of societies that are more just and equitable.’
– Silvia Borzutzky, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Contents: Preface Introduction Part I: Understanding and Addressing Inequality 1. Defining Inequality 2. The Dynamics of Inequality 3. Addressing Inequality Part II: Social Protection and Its Global Impact 4. Features of Social Protection 5. The Historical Evolution of Social Protection 6. Social Protection Goals and Impact Part III: Social Protection and Social Justice 7. Social Protection and Redistribution 8. Towards Egalitiarian Social Protection References Index

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