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Advanced Introduction to Social Protection

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Advanced Introduction to Social Protection

9781800376274 Edward Elgar Publishing
James Midgley, Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley, US
Publication Date: March 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 627 4 Extent: c 160 pp
Written by James Midgley, a leading authority on international social policy and social development, this Advanced Introduction offers a concise, readable and wide-ranging overview of how protection schemes such as social assistance, social insurance, employer mandates and social allowances promote social welfare by meeting peoples’ income needs and improving their living standards. It defines the field, traces its historical evolution, discusses the contribution of theories and ideologies and examines its impact on poverty.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

Written by James Midgley, a leading authority on international social policy and social development, this Advanced Introduction offers a concise, readable and wide-ranging overview of how protection schemes such as social assistance, social insurance, employer mandates and social allowances promote social welfare by meeting peoples’ income needs and improving their living standards. It defines the field, traces its historical evolution, discusses the contribution of theories and ideologies and examines its impact on poverty.

Key features include:

• Discussion of the impact of social protection on incomes and living standards and considers the role of social protection in the economy, politics and society
• Examination of the role of theories and ideologies in social protection
• A global perspective with a special focus on social protection in the Global South
• An accessible analysis of the challenges facing social protection and the way these are being dealt with.

This perceptive Advanced Introduction will be an excellent resource for both graduates and undergraduates studying public and social policy, economics and the social sciences. It will also be a useful guide for civil servants and officials in international agencies as well as social protection practitioners in non-profits and community organizations.
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‘Professor Midgley’s vast knowledge of the social protection field is clearly demonstrated in this new book in which he provides the reader with an outstanding historical analysis of social policies, a comprehensive review of theories of social protection, and an analysis of current socioeconomic issues such as incomes and poverty, economic development, and economic growth.

James Midgley also effectively and thoroughly discusses the impact that governments, ideologies, and politics have on the nature and accessibility of policies and how governments can make the policies appropriate, accessible, and effective. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the social policy and development fields, as well as those who have an interest in poverty reduction and improving the lives of people across the developed and developing world.’
– Silvia Borzutzky, Carnegie Mellon University, US

‘In protecting the poor and enhancing social justice, social protection is of key importance – yet, compared to other social systems, from schools to streets, it has received scant attention. James Midgley, drawing on a wealth of scholarship, introduces social protection – its global history, underlying concepts and values, its impact and the challenges it faces. Showing the importance of social protection, while demonstrating its breadth and complexity, this book makes an important contribution to the promotion of social justice.’
– David Piachaud, London School of Economics, UK

‘James Midgley’s Advanced Introduction to Social Protection is a welcome addition to contemporary social protection literature. It provides an excellent appraisal of social protection theory, practice, impacts on poverty and inequality, and the economic and societal contexts that shape these policies around the world. It is highly recommended for post graduate students, scholars and policy makers.’
– Leila Patel, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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