This book provides insights into the way social protection policy is being redefined as a result of the new commitment by governments around the world to use these programs to reduce poverty. The case studies presented show how innovations in social protection have emerged in different countries. They also discuss various aspects of social protection that will be of interest to readers. While some of the case studies are primarily descriptive and seek to document recent trends in different countries, they also address important social policy issues. Others are particularly topical because they provide useful updates on recent social protection innovations. Countries discussed include Brazil, Britain, Chile, China, Indonesia, South Africa, and the United States.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Policy Practice.
1. Introduction: Poverty, Incomes and Social Protection: International Policy Perspectives Richard Hoefer and James Midgley 2. Social Protection and Social Policy: Key Issues and Debates James Midgley 3. The Last Shall Be First: Political Dimensions of Conditional Cash Transfers in Brazil Anthony Hall 4. Social Protection in Rural China: Recent Developments and Prospects Yapeng Zhu 5. Food Security and Social Protection in the United States Richard Hoefer and Carolyn Curry 6. Reforming the Reform: Attempting Social Solidarity and Equity in Chile’s Privatized Social Security System Silvia Borzutzky 7. Poverty and Social Protection in Britain: Policy Developments Since 1997 David Piachaud 8. Poverty, Gender and Social Protection: Child Support Grants in Soweto, South Africa Leila Patel 9. Microinsurance and Social Protection: The Social Welfare Insurance Program for Informal Sector Workers in Indonesia Sirojudin, and James Midgley