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Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy

Series Editors: Heejung Chung ,University of Kent, UK, Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany, and Stefan Kühner, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

"Edited by excellent scholars, this book series is a timely attempt to create an interdisciplinary and truly global dialogue between academic researchers and international organizations involved in social policy."
Daniel Béland, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Published in association with the Social Policy Association.

"Global goals and supranational agreements increasingly shape domestic social policies: this welcome series promises in-depth country and comparative analyses that should stimulate critical reflection and provide much-needed evidence to inform national and trans-national policy choices."
Sarah Cook, Director, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti Research Centre

In a world that is rapidly changing, increasingly connected and uncertain, there is a need to develop a shared applied policy analysis of welfare regimes. Through a unique combination of comparative and global social perspectives, books in this series will address broad questions around how nation states and transnational policy actors deal with globally shared challenges.

Seeking to provide evidence based good practice to aid in shaping future social policies and cross the bridge between academic research and research developed in and by international organisations, this series will be of interest to academics and students in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas as well as staff of international organisations and other individuals involved in the processes of supranational and global social policy making.

Download the proposal guidelines.

Editorial advisory board 

  • Ana Marta Guillen Rodriguez, University of Oviedo, Spain
  • Bingqin Li, University of New South Wales, UK
  • Gaby Ramia, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Ilcheong Yi, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Switzerland
  • Jolanta Aidukaite, Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences
  • Keerty Nakray, O.P. Jindal University, India
  • Marianne Ulriksen, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Switzerland
  • Markus Ketola, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Rianne Mahon, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • Ricardo Velazquez-Leyer, University of Bath, UK
  • Sophia Lee, Chung-Ang University, South Korea
  • Trudie Knijn, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Young Jun Choi, Yonsei University, South Korea


Call for book proposals
Proposals are invited for books that include one or a range of the following:

  • country case studies within a multi-level governance/scales frame
  • small, medium and large comparative studies that analyse social policy development and change
  • global social policy studies that address various fields of social policy in their transnational or global dimensions.

We particularly encourage original authored monographs based on cross-disciplinary and multi-method research that develops theoretical frameworks reaching across individual world-regions and global actors.

Contact regarding proposals
If you would like to submit a proposal, or to discuss ideas, then please contact the series editors:
Heejung Chung, h.chung@kent.ac.uk
Stefan Kühner, stefankuehner@ln.edu.hk
Alexandra Kaasch, mail@alexandra-kaasch.de
or the Policy Press editor, Zoe Forbes, zoe.forbes@bristol.ac.uk

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Researching Global Education Policy

Diverse Approaches to Policy Movement

This book explores a wide diversity of approaches to help understand the policy movement phenomena, providing a useful guide on global studies in education, as well as insights into the future of this dynamic area of work.

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Mapping Welfare Attitudes in East Asia

Cultural and Political Trajectories

East Asian societies and welfare systems are rapidly changing. This original volume considers welfare attitudes in East Asia, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, Singapore and Taiwan. It proposes new methods and approaches to analysing cross-national variations in welfare attitudes.

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Emerging Trends in Social Policy from the South

Challenges and Innovations in Emerging Economies

Drawing on international case studies from emerging economies and developing countries including South Africa, India, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Indonesia, China and Russia, this book examines the rise, nature and effectiveness of recent developments in social policy in the Global South.

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Varieties of Precarity

Melting Labour and the Failure to Protect Workers in the Korean Welfare State

Based on in-depth interviews with over 80 precarious workers in Korea, this book introduces the concept of ‘melting labour’ and provides a real depiction of how workers lose control over their lives and experience precariousness in labour markets.

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Women, Welfare and Productivism in East Asia and Europe

Developing the new framework of ‘life-mix’, which considers the mixed patterns of caring and working in different periods of life, this book explores the interplay of productivism, women, care and work in East Asia and Europe.

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Compulsory Income Management in Australia and New Zealand

More Harm than Good?

Drawing on first-hand accounts from those living under the systems, this novel study explores the impact of Australia and New Zealand’s income management policies and asks whether they have caused more harm than good.

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Welfare Reform and Social Investment Policy in Europe and East Asia

International Lessons and Policy Implications

Providing original observations, this seminal text analyses the emergence of social investment policies in both Europe and East Asia. Experts explore the roads and barriers towards effective social investment policies, derive practical social policy implications and highlight important lessons for future social policymaking.

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Minimum Income Standards and Reference Budgets

International and Comparative Policy Perspectives

Research into minimum income standards and reference budgets around the world is compared in this illuminating collection from leading academics in the field.

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Local Policies and the European Social Fund

Employment Policies Across Europe

Comparing data from 18 local case studies across 6 European countries, and deploying an innovative mixed-method approach, this book presents comparative evidence on everyday challenges in the context of the European Social Fund (ESF) and discusses how these findings are applicable to other funding schemes.

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The Moral Economy of Activation

Ideas, Politics and Policies

By rethinking the role of ideas and morality in policy changes, this book illustrates how the moral economy of activation leads to a permanent behaviourist testing of the unemployed in public debate as well as in local job centres.

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Dualisation of Part-Time Work

The Development of Labour Market Insiders and Outsiders

This book brings together leading international authors from a number of fields to provide an up to date understanding of part-time work at national, sector, industry and workplace levels.

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Welfare, Populism and Welfare Chauvinism

In a time of increasing inequality, why has there been a recent surge of support for political parties who promote an anti-welfare message? Using a mixed methods approach and newly released data, this book aims to answer this question and to show possible ways forward for welfare states.

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