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352 Pages

ISBN: 9780199076475


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The Political Economy of Social Welfare Policy in Africa

Transforming Policy through Practice

Rinie Schenk, Mimie Sesoko, Leila Patel, Tanusha Raniga, Johannes John-Langba, Ronald Addinall, Edited by Jean Triegaardt, and Viv Taylor

  • Using a transformative and developmental social welfare approach, the text analyses how policies are formed and how they change over time
  • Illustrates how policy works in practice or where there may be policy gaps through the use of case studies from South Africa and other African countries
  • Critiques and redefines policy for African contexts
  • Analyses critically the historical, political, social and economic trends and impulses that influence policy
  • Uses evidence to explain how demographic, social and economic trends of poverty, unemployment and social inequalities make people vulnerable and increase the risks faced by women, children, elder persons, people living with disabilities, refugees, displaced persons, and others
  • Demonstrates the evaluation and monitoring of policy implementation using benchmarks that focus on equity and achieving human development
  • Elaborates on how a transformative approach can change the colonial and post-colonial legacies embedded in traditional social welfare responses to enhance the development and implementation of social welfare policy for social justice
  • Provides theoretical and analytical frameworks that can be used to analyse and formulate transformative social welfare policy and responses
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